Παρασκευή, 21 Απριλίου 2017

An Interview and Performance with Inna Baba Coulibaly

A glimpse into the life of the legendary Fula singer - Inna Baba Coulibaly. 

World Circuit is celebrating Record Store Day (22nd April 2017) with the release of a 10 inch vinyl EP of classic tracks by Inna. The songs were recorded over forty years ago at the studios of Radio Mali in Bamako and feature the great Malian guitarist, Ali Farka Toure. They’ve seldom been heard outside Mali until now. 

This is a Limited Edition one-off pressing that comes in a die-cut retro sleeve and with a 4 page colour booklet. There are only 2000 in circulation worldwide.

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This video was created by Instruments 4 Africa.

Mali's traditional lifestyle is rapidly disappearing, displaced by urban culture and yearnings, or devalued by new economical necessities and desires. This shift in demographics and economics has affected the value placed on Mali's cultural and musical traditions (musical instruments, artisans, songs and oratory, and dance) and these are rapidly being lost. The repositories of these traditions ( elders, artisans, musicians, dancers, healers) have no one to whom these precious artifacts can be transmitted.

"Instruments 4 Africa" goal is to preserve traditional music arts and the structures which support it. This living cultural history is of enormous importance to anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, as well as for modern artists. However, these traditions are valuable not only to outsiders, but are of inestimable value for Malians themselves. They offer revenue potential in developing and publicizing these forms, and can provide an anchoring force as well for young Malians weathering the dramatic shifts inherent in modernization taking place in their country. 

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