A car bomb has exploded in the Malian town of Kidal, killing at least two UN peacekeepers.
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Monday 10 August 2009
Saturday 01 August 2009
Can you hear the drums? While British Airways battles on in what its chief executive calls a "fight for survival", the airline's misfortunes are chiming with the songbook of Sweden's only supergroup.
Sunday 19 July 2009
Banjo-player Jayme Stone "became curious about what kind of music didn't make it across the ocean on slave ships from Mali and Senegal in the 1700-1800s", and then he met kora-master Mansa Sissoko, and with him evolved what is now termed musique recyclé.
Friday 17 July 2009
Manchester United have signed promising striker Mame Biram Diouf from Molde.
Thursday 02 July 2009
The Air France plane that crashed into the Atlantic last month with 228 people on board was not destroyed in mid-air but hit the water intact and at high speed, French investigators said today.
Friday 19 June 2009
Thursday 18 June 2009
There's a storm blowing through south London. Inside, all looks calm, as Baaba Maal sits in a gold suit reminiscent of Elvis, and quietly sings. But just like Elvis in his '68 Comeback Special, seeing Maal seated suggests the tense, coiled power of what will happen when he stands. Senegal's greatest star is a precisely dramatic, reliably exhilarating performer, and has a fine new album, Television, to refresh his sound. As befits a gig for Ornette Coleman's Meltdown festival, there are guests too, including a fresh-voiced VV Brown who looks momentarily floored by having to follow Maal's piercing roar. A man who believes music transforms societies, Maal throws his whole body into getting under our skins.
Friday 05 June 2009
"Although it boasts a handful of pleasant and even memorable tunes, the overall impression of 'Television' is that Maal is too discreet a presence on his own album. His famously strident vocals are surprisingly subdued and/or mixed down." - Jon Lusk, bbc.co.uk/music
Sunday 31 May 2009
It was a surprise to learn that Brian Eno wasn't involved in this multilayered, subtly textured album. For example, the slowly building "International" is pure My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, with its airport-Tannoy female voice reeling off world cities to a complex ethnic groove of unknown provenance. Top marks to this Senegalese star for coming back after eight years with a sound somewhat removed from the obviously African, but so coolly 21st century. A sublime, fully realised success.
Tuesday 12 May 2009
Friday 01 May 2009
If you want to give your children a taste for travel, or show them the world without leaving the bedroom – perhaps the preferable option in these lean times – then take a trip through the monochrome world of Panorama, a new children's book that adults seem to coo over as well. It is conceived by Fani Marceau and realised by the illustrator Joëlle Jolivet. Jolivet is the prolific artist responsible for, among other books, the bestselling 365 Penguins.
Wednesday 08 April 2009
Friday 27 February 2009
Friday 30 January 2009
Wednesday 28 January 2009
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