Tuesday, 15 January 2013

S.O.S. Mali

Wahabi Muslims are creating war in Mali.  They have destroyed ancient sites in Timbuktu, following earlier annihilation of sacred Buddhist statues in Afghanistan.  Strict sharia law is being enforced.  Traditional music by griots, originally designated the musician families under centuries of Muslim practice throughout West Africa has been banned.

Issiaka Amkoullel is a young Malian rapper, who is protesting.  His song, S.O.S. has been banned, but he's still keen to help his country.  He's raising money on iTunes with this track to fund humane assistance in Mali.

Paris based Malian musician, Salif Keita, campaigns through music for disadvantaged people, such as albinos.  He was interviewed about his views on the new government after the coup in 2012. He supported the coup because there was so much corruption in the old regime.  I wonder what he thinks about the current conflict and stringent imposition of sharia law in his country?

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