Malian Sounds and Voices for the World

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Welcome to the first NF of Mali


VENUE

Musée National du Mali, Bamako


OPENING ACT

Mamadou Diabaté performing Tunga 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqQORtGfPIQ


THE PRESENTER

Fashion model, Tene Gaye

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THE PARTICIPANTS


THE SONGS

Song No1: ”Timbuktu Fasso”  by Fatoumata Diawara (singing in Wassoulou language).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yOfimHhARw

Meaning: The song serves as a soundratch for the 2014 film ”Timbuktu” which sums up the current political and social life in north Mali (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timbuktu_(2014_film).

Song No2: ”Baro” by Habib Koite (singing in Bambara language).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE609SHzms0

Meaning: Baro (the chat); the ‘Sanankuya’ is a relationship kept between ‘Sanankus’,joking relations. They provoke each other, argue, poke fun and sometimes even insult each other. But always as a laugh. This relationship is handed down from a sacred act of tolerance, gratitude and solidarity, established between the ancestors of several ethnic groups in Mali. Through humor, the joking relations re-live this relationship which is now an inestimable element of harmony and social peace.

Song No3: ”Tisnant an Chatma” by the band Tamikrest (singing in Tamashek language).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3mbeo7pwxY

Meaning: “Chatma” means “Sisters” and the band has dedicated the album in their own words to: “the courage of the Tuareg women, who have ensured both their children’s survival and the morals of their fathers and brothers.”  The opening track “Tisnant an Chatma (The suffering of my sisters)” is a heartbreaking homage: «Who can estimate the suffering felt by the soul / of one who sees her sisters exhausted from waiting/ of one who sees her sisters exhausted from waiting between countries, in deep distress /and daily oppression?

Song No4: ”Kounandi” by Rokia Traore (singing in Bambara language).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7sqlQfev9I

Meaning: I am afraid I have not found any info about ”Kounandi”. It is there though; something sad and emotional. Gloomy, but not Nordic/Anglo-Saxon ! 🙂 

To vote to the Malian NF you should rank the songs from your favourite (1st) to your least favourite (4th). Myself I will not vote this time. So it is all up to you!

The email is the following: cosdino83@gmail.com

The deadline is 8th November 23:00 CET.


MALI in a NUTSHELL 

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Grande Mosque of Djenne

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Mountain Hombori

A village of the Dogon people

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Timbuktu

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Woodcarving 


HISTORY of MALI (important empires of West Africa)

timbuktu

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana_Empire

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali_Empire

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songhai_Empire


INTERVAL ACTS 

Tani Diakite & the Afrofunkstars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGRaMOeb1PU

Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAIwGw1paIc


RESULTS

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1. ”Kounandi” 44

2. ”Tisnant an Chatma 45

3. ”Timbuktu Fasso” 49

4. ”Baro” 62

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77 thoughts on “Malian Sounds and Voices for the World

  1. According to the comments beneath the video, the lesbian entry’s title (“Kounandi”) means “Lucky” 🙂

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  2. Pingback: Fête de la Chanson 16: The Songs | Fête de la chanson

  3. This is a superbly hosted NF. 🙂
    2 of the songs have been in my Mali music folder for some time. Let’s find out if I love the other 2 too.

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  4. So, it is Africa as we know it. Kora blues. The desert blues of the Tuareg did much better than I thought. In fact they have been leading for most of the voting!

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