Aratan N’Akalle – Bariz

After fleeing the crisis in North Mali, Aratan N’Akalle (children of the country) met in a refugee camp in 2012.

Album: “Manamosse Kaltamasheq”

Old African Music

Le Mystère Jazz de Tombouctou

Dina waliji
Old African Music

Listen to the Djeli and his N’goni

Bazoumana (Banzounama or Banzumana)

This n’goni player – aka the « old lion » – was a Malian national treasure as well as a djeli (jeli) or griot.

The quintessential n’goni player was the late Banzumana Sissoko, perhaps the most revered and beloved Malian griot of the century. Until his death in 1987, he could virtually bring affairs in Mali to a halt when he went on the national radio to sing and play his large, deep-toned n’goni. Of course, it was principally Banzoumana’s incisive words that won people’s breathless attention, but the fact that he played a n’goni is significant. For Malians in particular, this instrument is deeply tied to their sense of history and identity.

via the late Charlie Gillett