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.
Traveling from the U.S. west coast to West Africa, a Portland-based musicologist set out to record traditional guitar music. But once he arrived, he discovered a specific cell phone technology had become a major component of the Saharan music culture.
The singer from Mali was born with white skin. His albino condition helped shape his life and his musical career. He talks about that, and performs songs from his new album. Marco Werman's speaks with him.
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."