We highlight two musical efforts to help refugees fleeing violence in northern Mali. First, a concert in New York this weekend, dubbed "Musicians for Mali." Then, a new CD called "Songs For Desert Refugees."
Marco Werman had the chance to speak with Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, who had landed from Mali's capital Bamako just three days earlier. Like most of her musical colleagues back home right now, music takes a backseat to the daily concerns of war.
Here's a Geo Quiz that comes straight from a listener and someone who loves geography and Africa in just about equal measure. Bill Moseley is a former Peace Corp volunteer and now a professor of geography at Macalester College.
Malian group SMOD is out with its third record. The self-titled release features the producing talents of world music superstar Manu Chao. Anchor Marco Werman tells us more about this folk, hip-hop trio.