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01
Alhassan Souleyman Bienvenue
00 :18
02
Mohamed Alasho Hymne à la Paix
02 :02
03
Habib Koite Wari
05 :26
04
Ali Farka Toure Allstars (feat. Mamadou Kelly) Adibar
04 :37
05
Tartit Democratie
04 :00
06
Bassekou Kouyate Poye
03 :23
07
Imharhan Hanin Ekrachar
04 :11
08
Tamnana Odwa
02 :51
09
Amanar Efes
05 :05
10
Noura Mint Seymali Vaghu
03 :26
11
Samba Toure Anbafo
04 :40
12 03 :32
13
Khaira Arby La Liberte
05 :00
14
Baba Djire Dounia
04 :07
15
Kiran Alhuwalia (feat. Tinariwen) Mustt Mustt
04 :47
16
Douma Maiga Super Onze
05 :45
17
Oumar Konate (feat. Leila Gobi) Bisimillah
04 :59
18
Koudede Taghlamt
05 :29
ARTIST
TITLE
Live from Festival au Desert, Timbuktu
FORMAT
CD

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CLE 2013001CD CLE 2013001CD
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RELEASE DATE
4/30/2013

Two days before the 2012 rebellion in northern Mali. Soldiers are everywhere. Guns mounted on pickups; low-flying surveillance planes. Several thousand people have gathered outside Timbuktu to celebrate the music and culture of the Sahara at the 12th edition of the Festival au Desert. Three months later, Sharia descends on northern Mali. A millennial history is suppressed. Shrines destroyed. Secular music banned. Before, the streets were alive with music. Weddings, baptisms, celebrations always accompanied by griot praise songs, takamba dance rhythms and electric guitars. Then, even a musical ringtone on your portable phone can bring a beating. The Festival au Desert's mission has been to bring cross-cultural exchange to economically develop this desert region. These recordings are a testament to the brave efforts of Festival organizers to use culture as a means of non-violent reconciliation. From the stage, all the musicians begged for peace. "La Paix" shouted Khaira Arby. "Democracy" sang Tartit. And the crowds cheered their agreement. Capturing some of the excitement and fear of the people of northern Mali in January 2012, these 18 tracks were recorded directly from the house sound board. It was not possible to bring complex equipment. It is not possible to include every artist who performed. Mixed and mastered in the U.S., this release preserves a moment in the history of the Sahara. Proceeds from the sale of this album go directly to the artists and the Festival organization. Other artists include: Alhassan Souleyman, Mohamed Alasho, Habib Koite, Ali Farka Toure Allstars (feat. Mamadou Kelly), Bassekou Kouyate, Imharhan, Tamnana, Amanar, Noura Mint Seymali, Samba Toure, Igbayen, Baba Djire, Kiran Alhuwalia (feat. Tinariwen), Douma Maiga, Oumar Konate (feat. Leila Gobi), and Koudede.