Thursday, April 14, 2011

Music from Mali: Oumou Sangaré performing "Djorelen" with Béla Fleck

If there are better musicians in the world than those coming out of Mali, I haven't found them.  Even the shortest list would have to include Toumani Diabate, Ali Farka Touré, Salif Keita, Kandia Kouyaté, Bassekou Koyaté, Vieux Farka Touré and, in this sample, the great vocalist and humanitarian Oumou Sangaré. 

This moving performance of "Djorolen" is from Bela Fleck's documentary on his search for the banjo's African roots: "Throw Down Your Heart" (highly recommended). The music begins at 1:35, but be sure to watch what comes before it.

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