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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

National Museum of Mali

A nice virtual museum featuring pictures and recordings of Malian traditional instruments: .

Monday, February 1, 2010

The djembe magazine: Mandenfoli

There is a new percussion magazine on the market. It writes about Mandinka music with special regards to percussion and the djembe. It is in French and available only in French bookstores, and it doesn't look like it will get translated any time soon. However, you can order a copy on the website of .

Judging from the index, the first issue seems like a rough guide to the djembe. It introduces the old and the young djembefolas, writes about history and culture of the Mandinka empire, and there is also a section dedicated to the notations of the rhythms (in this issue the Soli). Finally, what was actually needed in this market, it lists the upcomming events and new albums, videos, etc.