One of Mali's biggest stars, the singer-songwriter Salif Keita, says music can help bring peace and reconciliation to his homeland, which has been torn apart by an Islamist uprising in the north.
Putumayo launches new World Beat music series including 'African Beat', Spanish tenor Placido Domingo retrospective airs on PBS, Judd Apatow's comedy 'Bridesmaids' comes out on DVD, and more top picks.
A string of attacks by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in and around Mali has hurt the tourism mecca of Timbuktu. The popular Mali Festival au Desert was moved closer to the city yesterday for safety.
Orchestra Baobab, back together after 20 years; Toumani Diabate's new solo kora offering; the 'best of' Tabu Ley Rochereau; and more.
Bluesy, trancelike melodies pull in wider audiences in the US and Europe, as the music's exotic rhythms move mainstream.