Concert of the week: Sahara Soul, various venues
Friday 25 January 2013
While Mali descends into chaos, terrorism and violence – spreading across its borders with the hostage crisis in Algeria – three of the country's finest groups bring their beautiful music to Glasgow and London.
Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba's new album, Jama Ko (A Gathering), was recorded during the coup and through blackouts in Bamako, and featuring guests including Taj Mahal and Kassy Made Diabate, it's a call for peace in a time of crisis.
The Tuareg band Tamikrest play from 2011's haunting Toumastin, and guitarist Sidi Touré, from the ancient city of Gao in northern Mali – devastated by militia attacks – delivers graceful songhai blues from his new album, Koima (Go Hear).
If you were lucky enough to catch him at the end of last year at Momo's, you'll know what a magical music he and his band deliver. These are two concerts that stand right up for humanity.
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
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