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.
Malian musician Bassekou Kouyate has made his mark with the West African lute the ngoni; not by playing traditional music on the ancient instrument but by exploring its potential with other styles like Western music. Anchor Marco Werman has details.
As the militants melt away from cities and towns in northern Mali, there have been scenes of jubilation. People who have experienced life under the rule of Islamist fighters say it has been a harsh, violent existence.
France's military intervention in Mali represents a shift in the country's foreign policy. Anchor Jeb Sharp hears more about that from Jennifer Cooke, director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
What happens when a Jewish rock band from Brooklyn travels to Mali and starts a collaboration with local artists? An album with the working title, 'The House of Friendly Ghosts.' Anna Boiko-Weyrauch has the story from Bamako.