In response to the situation in Mali Fatoumata Diawara has gathered together over 40 of Mali’s most renowned musicians in a studio in Bamako to record a song and video calling for peace.
Known collectively as ‘Voices United for Mali’ the group includes Amadou and Mariam, Oumou Sangare, Bassekou Kouyate, Vieux Farka Toure, Djelimadi Tounkara, Toumani Diabate, Khaira Arby amongst many others. The track is titled ‘Mali-ko’ (Peace / La Paix).
“The Malian people look to us,” the Fatoumata Diawara said earlier this week. “They have lost hope in politics. But music has always brought hope in Mali. Music has always been strong and spiritual, and has had a very important role in the country, so when it comes to the current situation, people are looking to musicians for a sense of direction.”