We’d like to show the side of the world you don’t normally see on television.
Wonderful to hear that there are some people discovering the beautiful sounds of Africa - I too have become a great fan of the sounds of Africa (Since that is where I am from)
There are numerous names that I can give you to connect you with the music from Mali - these you can go "google" or go to your music store and go and find under "world music"
Some of the most well know artist from Mali (those with recordings) are:
~* Habib Koite (he has a very distinctive sound - and plays what we fondly call desert-blues)
~* Afel Bocoum
~* The Kel Tamashek
Most of these artists uses some of the Traditional instruments like the Tinde and Teharde, which provides this unique Mali music sound.
And then there is the Tuareg, Women Ensemble "Tartit" from Timbaktu (Tuareg being one of the cultures from Mali)
So this is a nice place to start looking for the music, and then there is just the matter of preferance to which you like - of course!
The first Mali music I ever heard, that got me interested, was the Traditional Unison Tuareg song, as sung by the Woman from Essakene in Mali!
And from there a whole new world of sound opened up for me!
Hope this had helped you in some way to find the music again my friend, and you are welcome to drop by my page anytime for another discussion about this!!
Love and light