Mali - Bambara Blues
Marking the 200th anniversary of the abolition in Britain of the transatlantic slave trade. Lucy Duran uncovers links between the music of the Niger River and the blues of the southern USA.
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
Importance of the Niger river.
Lucy describes the Niger river flowing and its importance in the history of Mali.
Lucy talks about Bambara music.
Lucy talks about Bambara music strangely resembling blues and banjo music.
Empire of Segou.
Daouda Ballo talks about the history of the warrior Bambara empire of Segou.
Lucy with Bassekou Kouyate at the grave of Da Monzon Jara.
The legend of Da Monzon
Lucy with Daouda Ballo, talking about the legend of Da Monzon, the one-eyed king.
Bambara Empire mythology song
Another beautiful song from Bambara Empire mythology.
Travels in the Interior of Africa.
Another piece of reading taken from Travels in the Interior of Africa by Mungo Park.
Describing the slave trade.
A piece of reading describing the slave trade taken from Travels in the Interior of Africa
Lucy with Dauda Ballo.
Lucy with Dauda Ballo on the key side of Segou by the Niger river.