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Mali - Bambara Blues

1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 24 March 2007

Bambara Blues: on the 200th anniversary of the abolition in Britain of the transatlantic slave trade, Lucy Duran introduces a programme with music recorded entirely on location in Mali, telling the story of pre-colonial slavery in Africa, and uncovering a previously unknown link between the music around the Niger River and the blues of the southern states of America.

Readings are taken from Travels in the Interior of Africa by Mungo Park (Wordsworth Editions Ltd.) and read by Graeme Kay

Music and featured items

19 items
  • Lucy Duran and musicians

    Lucy Duran and musicians

  • Lucy Duran and Bassekou Kouyate

    Lucy Duran and Bassekou Kouyate

  • The Niger River at Sunset

    The Niger River at Sunset


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