IMG_6640
Khaira Arby USAID Show October 2012

One of our first events sponsoring musicians from the north of Mali was with Khaira Arby at the American Club Bamako in October 2012.  This was Khaira’s first concert in Bamako since the coup in late March 2012.  With USAID, we helped to organize this event to support displaced artists from the north of Mali.  It was a joyous occasion for the musicians and everyone there.  Thank you to Khaira for sharing her wisdom and beautiful music, USAID,  The American Embassy of Bamako, our friends Toubab Krewe and Afropop for their support, and all those who are reaching out to help keep the music and culture alive.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmc9F9hG1dI]

This video was made in September 2012 to be shown at a benefit concert in NYC to aid musicians from the north of Mali.

IMG_7028

With the help of volunteers, like Nana, whose family comes from northern Mali, we have been able to contact more than 40 musicians from northern Mali to assess their family’s needs.  We are continuing to add families to our database of displaced musicians and artists from the north of Mali.