Stream: Gemma Cairney Behind The Scenes with Africa Express at Maison des Jeunes

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In October 2013, BBC Radio 6 presenter Gemma Cairney journeyed to Mali to find out how the country’s diverse music scenes were evolving in light of the ban on music. Gemma stopped by the temporary Africa Express Headquarters, the Maison des Jeunes studio in Bamako and spoke to Pauli the PSM, Damon Albarn and many more.

Find out more about ‘Mali Music’ here, and stream parts 1 and 2 of the documentary below.

 

 

Review of Maison Des Jeunes album launch

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The young Songhoy Blues band from Timbuktu stole the show at the launch event for the new Africa Express CD, Maison des Jeunes

Right at home: Kankou Kouyaté performing at the launch of Maison des Jeunes (Picture: Rob Ball/Redferns via Getty)
Simon Broughton Critic Rating ****

OUMOU SANGARÉ & BÉLA FLECK LIVE IN LONDON

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The songbird of Mali, Oumou Sangaré, and the world’s premier banjo player, Béla Fleck, will share the stage for two nights at the Southbank Centre’s Africa Utopia Festival on July 18 and 19, 2012.

Oumou and Béla started their collaboration in 2005 when Béla took the banjo back to its ancestral home of West Africa and collaborated with some of the continent’s greatest musicians, resulting in the multi-award winning documentary and recording‘Throw Down Your Heart’.

Sangaré and Fleck will be joined by an electrifying live band featuring Will Calhounon drums and percussion, ‘Benogo’ Diakite on kamele n’goni, Sekou Bah on bass and Dandio Sidibe on backing vocals.

Watch Oumou and Béla here

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ROKIA TRAORE AT THE BARBICAN

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Watch as Malian singer Rokia Traoré puts on an elegant show at the Barbican in June 2012; to hear more of her music, please click here: http://www.rokiatraore.net/

MO DJ – African House…made in Africa!

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Africa Express regular MO DJ from Bamako posted this excellent video on You Tube a few years back.  We like the Sergio Leone touches, and the fact that Mo is sampling his own culture to ignite some truly homemade African 4-to-the-floor flavour.  And you get a pretty good postcard from the Malian capital thrown in, with Roland 808s, donkey carts, and everything in between…