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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.

Thanks to the donations from Toubab Krewe and Craiggie Brewing in Asheville, NC, construction is underway on the Krewe School House  in Bamako, Mali, West Africa.  The community is delighted and grateful…as are we at Instruments4Africa.  Thank you, Toubab Krewe and Craiggie!!  Brick by brick…Stay posted.

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One of our favorite bands, Toubab Krewe, is donating between fifty cents and one dollar on every ticket sold to Instruments 4 Africa, 501c-3. These donations will specifically go to build a music school in the Bamako, Mali area. The school will be headed by their teacher, Lamine Soumano.

Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse, creates a sonic Pangaea that swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. Toubab Krewe’s music carries echoes of African greats like Ali Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobab and Salif Keita, picked up during the group’s many visits to the Mother Continent to study and live in Guinea, Ivory Coast and Mali. We can’t wait to see you in Mali again!

Big thanks to the members of Toubab Krewe for supporting the arts in Mali and the education of young Malian people!