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.
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.
Last year, a coup d'etat in Mali fed an Islamist uprising in the country's north. Thousands of Malians were displaced: hundreds more tortured and killed. But it didn't stop singer Rokia Traore from creating a new album that pushes people to seek beauty.