Sidikiba Coulibaly plays the simbi, the Mandinka hunter’s harp. “If the simbi dissapears, when there is not one simbi player left in Mande, it will mean the end of the Mande culture. The simbi gives Mande it’s reputation.” Function of Tradition: This Simbi is played for all major hunter’s ceremonies including initiations, deaths, and important […]
Khaira Arby- Queen of the Desert
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. […]
Baba Salah Message: Northern Mali Musicians
[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. 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 […]
Aid to Displaced Northern Artists in Mali
An article today in the Washington Post has highlighted the difficulties facing musicians and artists from the North of Mali. Instruments 4 Africa is on the ground in Bamako helping musicians and artists from the North. We are 100% volunteer managed organization based in Bamako since 2003. We are partnering with artists like Afel Bocoum, […]
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