Welcome to the first NF of Mali
Musée National du Mali, Bamako
Mamadou Diabaté performing Tunga
Fashion model, Tene Gaye
Song No1: ”Timbuktu Fasso” by Fatoumata Diawara (singing in Wassoulou language).
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).
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).
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).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline is 8th November 23:00 CET.
MALI in a NUTSHELL
Grande Mosque of Djenne
A village of the Dogon people
HISTORY of MALI (important empires of West Africa)
Tani Diakite & the Afrofunkstars
Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal
1. ”Kounandi” 44
2. ”Tisnant an Chatma 45
3. ”Timbuktu Fasso” 49
4. ”Baro” 62