A year before his death from cancer, famed guitarist Ali Farka Touré of Mali learned that his son had secretly studied music and had become quite accomplished. His son, Vieux Farka Touré, tells The World's Marco Werman how his father passed on the secret of Malian music.
Vieux Farka Touré of Mali helped produce the music that accompanied the World Cup in 2010. His latest album, 'Mon Pays' (My Country), dropped earlier this year and he stopped by The World recently to perform 'Ay Bakoy,' the last track.
Items in some western, fast-food chains are disappearing from the menu in China. Why? They potentially contain meat that was beyond its expiration date. Meanwhile a US Congressman gets confused over the nationality of two US government employees, and a survivor of a Taiwanese plane crash describes her ordeal — in today's Global Scan.
Today's Global Hit features a tale of two piano masters -- one from New Orleans, the other from Bamako, Mali. Anchor Marco Werman tells us who they are and how they borrow elements from each other's musical culture.
Mali is recovering from a conflict in the north where Islamic extremists had taken over and imposed sharia law. That included a ban on music. The Islamists are gone and the ban on music was lifted, but that doesn't mean musicians there are doing well.