Paul Chandler is a journalist based in Bamako, Mali.
It Must Make Peace (i4Africa) Film Trailer | Feat. Toumani Diabaté, Afel Bocoum, & many others
Afel Bocoum muses about his love for music, Mali, and the role of artists and instruments in traditional society. Songs from this video will also be coming out in March on an Album titled "Every Song Has an End, Sonic Dispatches from Traditional Mali" on Glitterbeat Records.
Tamasheq cultural group Ekanzam are from Menaka, Mali, in the region of Gao, and the cultural zone of Azawak. This area has been at the center of conflict in Mali. Affected by clashes between the Malian army and separatist rebels, and the recent occupation of jihadists and crime cartels, the Noir Kel Tamasheq make up a significant percentage of Northern Mali's population, and are struggling to make their voices heard for a peaceful, just and unified country.
This is an excerpt from the i4Africa film "It Must Make Peace". Grammy award winner Toumani Diabate with Sidiki Diabate play their song Lampedusa, and talk about globalization, acculturation, immigration, Africa's rich cultural diversity, and authentic African democracy.