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Islamist crackdown on music in Mali

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Thursday 25 October 2012

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day. Presented by Samira Ahmed

Music ban in Mali
The African Union lifted its suspension on Mali today, seven months after a military coup in the country in March. Yet the Islamist crackdown on music in the north is having dramatic effects - we find out more.

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