Featuring Takamba Masters Super Onze from Gao, Mali, this is the is the third in a collection of short films exploring Endangered Musical Traditions and Essential Related Art-Forms in Mali.

For more music & information on the musicians featured, go to:
https://i4africa.bandcamp.com/album/super-onze-masters-of-takamba-music-gao
https://www.superonze.org
https://www.facebook.com/super11official
http://super11.bandcamp.com/
https://i4africa.bandcamp.com

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And grateful to our supporters and fundraisers! Because of your generosity, I4A can provide scholarships for 7 girls this Fall.  We still need to raise more funds for the other 9 girls in the program. Special thank you to some awesome folks:  Yves & Claire, Rebecca & Mark, Robin & Kathy, Kendall, Paige, and Bikram Yoga Dallas!

Want to support girls’ education in Mali?  Please contact me regarding fundraising parties or click on the donate tab.

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Summer!  It is that time of the year when we fundraise for the 2013-2014 school year.  Your donations pay for academic scholarships for the 16 underprivileged girls in the i4a program this year.  We are also fundraising for the remedial education program, tutoring and mentoring and the traditional arts training.  New styles of beautiful West African batik dresses are in the USA and ready for fundraising parties!  Big thank you to Robin & Kathy in San Francisco and Bikram Yoga Dallas for raising more than $1000USD each.  We are two steps closer to our goal of $8000USD.  Please contact me to host a trunk show fundraiser or for more information:  tamawali@gmail.com

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Over the last few days I4A has been working with ABC news to cover the story of displaced artists from the North. Thanks to the participation of Aboucar Maiga (Goundam), Mahamadou Telfi Toure (Goundam), Khaira Arby (Toumbouctou), Afel Bocoum (Niafunke), Leila Gobi (Meneka), Ousmane Maiga & the Super Onze (Gao), Hama and Ibrahim Cisse (Niafunke), Baba Salah (Gao), and many many more.

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Instruments4Africa is committed to cultural preservation, helping artists keep their practice alive so they can continue to empower their communities. We are currently assisting families of displaced musicians and artists from the North of Mali. Families receive food, medicine, school fees, until they can get back on their feet and provide for themselves. We are also partnering with other agencies and businesses to sponsor artists to play at events and get regular gigs in Mali and abroad.  Funds raised will enable 14A to significantly expand the number of families we serve. I4A is a volunteer managed organization. We have been operating in Mali since 2002 and are still in the country.

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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.