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Mopti, Timbuktu and Bamako featuring Les Escrocs and Toumani Diabate

The much lauded 'Festival In The Desert 2003'. The second of two programmes to come from Mali which won the Sony Gold Award. The festival is held in an oasis in the southern Sahara Desert.

The much lauded 'Festival In The Desert 2003'. The second of two programmes to come from Mali which won the Sony Gold Award. The festival is held in an oasis in the southern Sahara Desert.

For the 2nd programme Andy goes on the hunt for new sounds from Mopti, Timbuktu and Bamako, the capital city. Look out for an exclusive session from one of his favourite groups, Les Escrocs who perform with Toumani Diabate. Also sample the music of some girl rappers who are becoming increasingly popular in Mali.

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1 hour, 15 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Fertalize Amkoullel

    A rap by Fertalize Amkoullel opens the programme.

    Duration: 07:28

  • Music Played

    • Fertalize Amkoullel

      Untitled Rap

    • Bintu Garba

      Woldiyo

    • Bintu Garba

      Sida

  • The main market of Timbuktu.

    Andy in the main market of Timbuktu hears a man singing from the Koran.

    Duration: 10:48

  • Music Played

    • Arbe Garbe

      Toumboutou

    • The Community Group of Timbuktu

      Fani

  • Andy leaves Timbuktu.

    Andy leaves Timbuktu traveling to Mopti in a convoy of vehicles over the desert terrain.

    Duration: 04:14

  • Music Played

    • Oumou Dioubate

      Femmes d'Afrique

  • Mopti, the ‘Venice of the Niger’.

    After a rough journey across the desert Andy arrives at Mopti, the ‘Venice of the Niger’.

    Duration: 03:33

  • Bamako music styles.

    In Bamako, Andy notices a dramatic shift in musical styles since he was last there.

    Duration: 11:26

  • Music Played

    • Madou Camara et Mah Kouyaté

      Diatigui

    • Tata Pound

      Cikan

  • Night club in Bamako.

    Andy is in the Juke Box Night club in Bamako where there is a gathering rappers.

    Duration: 06:48

  • Music Played

    • SMOD

      Youroukou Youroukou

    • Magic Black Men, feat. Yeli-Fuzzo

      Kessero

  • Djelimady Tounkara.

    Andy at the home of Djelimady Tounkara, one of the great guitar heroes of Mali and Africa.

    Duration: 07:49

  • Music Played

    • Djélimady Tounkara

      Galama

  • Djelimady Tounkara interview.

    Andy talks to Djelimady Tounkara about winning the Radio 3 World Music Award.

    Duration: 09:24

  • Music Played

    • Djélimady Tounkara

      Mande Dieli

  • Another master Mali musician.

    Andy at the home of another master Mali musician.

    Duration: 11:23

  • Music Played

    • Les Escrocs

      Pirates

    • Les Escrocs

      Sida

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