Posts Tagged ‘Timbuktu’

How D.C. Filmmakers Documented the Last Festival in the Desert Before Northern Mali Succumbed to War

Three years ago, Andrea Papitto, then the head of a nonprofit in Ghana, called her D.C.–based pal Kiley Kraskouskas, whom she had met at New York University seven years before. Papitto told her about a trip she took to the Festival in the Desert, an annual Malian music event set in the sand dunes [...]

Bombino and Vieux Farka Touré on the Upheaval in Mali

How will tonight’s gig from Niger Tuareg guitarist Bombino at DC9 and Thursday’s show from Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré at The Hamilton differ from their D.C. appearances in late 2011?  There may be musical differences, certainly. But as important is the sociopolitical context: a rebellion in North Mali and a coup in the south. Can you [...]

Meet a Formerly Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Steven Weinberg

Here's how Steven Weinberg introduced himself to me: "I'm a cartoonist and illustrator who grew up in D.C. and Bethesda. Since then, I've gone on to live all over the place, which is kind of what my first book that I just made with my girlfriend Casey Scieszka called To Timbuktu is all about. [...]

Free Tonight: Malian Singer Khaira Arby and Her Band

Malian singer Khaira Arby and her band will appear for free tonight at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage as part of their first U.S. tour, which coincides with the release of Arby's first North American album, Timbuktu Tarab, on the Clermont Music label. Arby sings in a brash, raw-edged voice in Sonrai, Arabic, and Tamashek [...]