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The Lost Libraries of Timbuktu

The story of Timbuktu and its legacy of ancient manuscripts, proof that reading and writing books have been as important to Africans as to Europeans.

Aminatta Forna tells the story of legendary Timbuktu and its long-hidden legacy of hundreds of thousands of ancient manuscripts. With its university founded around the same time as Oxford, Timbuktu is proof that the reading and writing of books have long been as important to Africans as they are to Europeans.

59 minutes

Last on

Tue 8 Oct 2019 00:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:54

    Tinariwen

    Cler Achel

    • Indipendiente.
  • 00:54

    Issa Bagayogo

    Dunu Kan

    • Six Degree.
  • 00:27

    Bagui Bouga

    Ganyo Maada

    Composer: Ghalitane Khamidoune. Performer: Etran Finatawa.
    • World Music Network.
  • 00:28

    Afel Bocoum

    Jeeny

    • World Circuit.
  • 00:40

    Bassekou Kouyaté

    Juru Nami

    • World Circuit.
  • 00:22

    Ali Farka Touré

    Kadi Kadi

    • World Circuit.
  • 00:22

    Ghalitane Khamidoune

    Kel Tamashek

    Performer: Etram Finatawa.
    • World Music Network.
  • 00:31

    Bassekou Kouyaté

    Mbaudi

    • World Circuit.
  • 00:52

    Bassekou Kouyaté

    Mbowdi

    • World Circuit.
  • 00:23

    Etran Finatawa

    Naanaaye

    • World Music Network.
  • 00:08

    Ali Farka Touré

    Tchigi Fo

    Performer: Ali Farka Touré.
    • World Circuit.
  • 00:10

    Ghalitane Khamidoune

    Soto From Desert Crossroads

    Performer: Etran Finatawa.
    • World Music Nework.
  • 00:52

    Bassekou Kouyaté

    Mbowdi

    • World Circuit.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Aminatta Forna
Producer Richard Trayler-Smith
Executive Producer Adrian Davies

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