It rarely fails… turning to NPR World Music for inspiration for our Saturday Morning Music series is a fun, entertaining, and educational way to find music from around the world to share with you. This week we are featuring Mali.

I found some of these songs in a great blog post by Max Fisher, the foreign affairs blogger for the Washington Post, in which he shares tweets and musical selections that were posted by Teju Cole, a Nigerian-American writer, photographer, and art historian. I won’t go in to the politics of what is happening in Mali right now – I’ll let Fisher and Cole do that – but what I will do is help them and the Malian people share their wonderful music.*


I hope that you enjoy it as much as I am.


Sidi Toure – Mon Pays


Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate – Kala Djula


Kanawa-Habib Koité


Desert Blues Musikprojekt aus Mali Teil


And if you have the time, this is pretty cool. Images, music, and stories of Mali. (French)

Desert Blues, Un voyage musical au coeur du Mali – Michel Jaffrennou


*I wanted to share the Sidi Toure session on NPR, but I was unable to embed the video for some reason. If you enjoyed this post, I would recommend seeking it out here.