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Chris Kirkley - Mali Music sharing culture
Chris talks to Aleks about his exploration of sound and music in the Sahel region of Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, and Niger.Chris's Blog and links to music
Travelling with his guitar and a digital recorder Chris spent over a year in West Africa. Not only did he find the authentic music he was looking for but also new expressions of traditional music using pirated pc software and techniques like auto tune.
And technology has changed not just the way music is made. The use Africa has made of the mobile phone is well known, but what Chris saw was how Bluetooth wireless transfer was creating a unique network of music spreading across West Africa. Music is shared person to person in a physical social way not just downloaded impersonally the way most music is shared in the developed world. For Chris it said a lot about the culture of the places he visited; their sense of community and attitudes to sharing everything.
Danny Miller is an anthropologist and author of numerous books on culture and consumerism as well as social media and technology.Danny's webpage at University College London
Pedro J. Oiarzabal
Pedro is a researcher specialising in the study of digital technology on diaspora communities. Based at the University of Deusto in Bilbao Pedro has used his native Basque culture as the basis for much of his research.Pedros university webpage
He blogs about Basque online culture at:
Death of diaspora?
The Merseyside Caribbean centre was established by migrants in 1950s and 60s. Spending more and more time closed it seems as if it’s no longer serving the purpose of providing a welcome for those newly arrived from the islands. Has the digital world created such strong connections that migrants don't need this sort of resource anymore?
Kaba Blon is one of the bands Chris Kirkley has kept in contact with. Their music can be found in some of the collections of Mali music Chris has helped get released.
The market in Bamako, Mali