Category : Mali
#IndexAwards2015: Arts nominee Songhoy Blues
Fleeing North Mali after Islamist groups captured the area and imposed strict sharia law banning all secular music, four musicians who met as refugees came together to form the band Songhoy Blues.
Singing for Mali and the right to music
Malian band Songhoy Blues spoke to a London audience about the challenges musicians face in their country, where music has been banned by a local armed Islamist group in the north of the country since 2012
The sound of silence: Mali’s musicians
As Mali's new president returns to the country amid fresh fighting between government forces and Tuareg rebels, Index on Censorship magazine looks at the climate for free speech in a country split by conflict --- and wonders about the future of its brave musicians