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Following a coup earlier this year, Islamists now control parts of the north of Mali and they've imposed a ban on music. We find out more.
Two members of the Grammy award wining Saharan blues band, Tinariwen, dropped by to talk to us and record a live session track.
Mark Coles talks to Pullitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo, not about his fiction but about his memoir, On Helwig Street, in which he reveals facts about his mother and his upbringing in the small 1950s glove-making town of Gloversville, New York.
Image: Protestors play music as they take part in a march for peace in Islamist-occupied northern Mali. AFP/Seyllou/Getty Images.