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Lucy DurĂ¡n discusses plight of Malian musicians on Radio 3

8 February 2022

As Mali's military leaders expel the French ambassador for comments made by the French foreign minister about the transitional government, SOAS Professor of Music Lucy Durán joined BBC reporter Lalla Sy on Radio 3's programme 'Music Matters' to explain more about the fragile situation inside the former French colony following the imposition of sanctions by the Economic Community of West African States.

Their discussion, first broadcast on Saturday 5th February 2022, also features contributions from Malian musicians including the singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, the balafon virtuoso Fodé Lassana Diabaté, and kora player Ballaké Sissoko, as they describe how years of civil war, military coups, and insurgencies by Islamist militants are collectively impacting music making in the country. You can listen back to the show by visiting this page.

Lucy Durán conducting fieldwork in Africa 1