Mali–Music

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Musicologists and music-lovers alike revere Mali as “the birthplace of the blues.” That it may be, but it’s also much more. Mali’s traditional music draws on the tales of ancient griots, who effectively kept the country’s historical record by singing songs of praise about its nobility. Today Mali’s music is evolving, drawing in more and more international influences as it simultaneously maintains its ancient character.

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