Festival au Désert: Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa + Imharhan + Mamadou Kelly
Upper West Side
Wed Jul 31 2013
Photograph: Paul Chandler
Time Out says
Posted: Tue May 7 2013
Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Mali in Africa has long been a glimmering treasure chest of musical riches—names like Amadou & Mariam, Ali Farka Touré and Oumou Sangaré among its international stars. But since religious hard-liners have banned any kind of music that isn't Koranic verses, many musicians have fled south following a military coup earlier this year. Tonight's outdoor "Caravan for Peace" event offers the opportunity to watch Malian talent make their NYC debut, performing under the stars. Highly recommended.
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