"Festival au Desert 2012 Live" - various

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  • artist:various
  • featured artist:Habib Koite, Tinariwen, Tartit, Koudede, Noura Mint Seymali, various others
  • release year:2013
  • style(s):World
  • country:Mali
  • formats:Audio File / Digital, CD (Compact Disc),
  • record submitted by:Festival au Desert
  • label:Clermont Music
  • publisher:Nolan + Associates Productions LLC
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Two days before the 2012 rebellion in northern Mali. Soldiers are everywhere. Guns mounted on pickups; low-flying surveillance planes. Several thousand people have gathered outside Timbuktu to celebrate the music and culture of the Sahara at the 12th edition of the Festival au Desert. Three months later, Sharia descends on northern Mali. A millennial history is suppressed. Shrines destroyed. Secular music banned. Before, the streets were alive with music. Weddings, baptisms, celebrations always accompanied by griot praise songs, takamba dance rhythms and electric guitars. Then, even a musical ringtone on your portable phone can bring a beating. Alhassan Souleyman, Mohamed Alasho, Habib Koite, Ali Farka Toure Allstars (feat. Mamadou Kelly), Bassekou Kouyate, Imharhan, Tamnana, Amanar, Noura Mint Seymali, Samba Toure, Igbayen, Baba Djire, Kiran Alhuwalia (feat. Tinariwen), Douma Maiga, Oumar Konate (feat. Leila Gobi), and Koudede. And more