Making Music in Mali

All Around This World Africa (Mali)

In this week’s online class for kids we visit Mali, a vast desert land which, a thousand so years ago, was home to a series of empires that controlled the strategically significant trans-Saharan trade route. Today Mali is at more of a metaphorical crossroads — torn between modernization in its cities and Islamic fundamentalism which holds strong sway in the North. In class we put politics aside and focus on Mali’s music, which sounds both ancient and modern, and resolutely regal. Let’s go!