I was in Belgium in April and met up with Afel Bocoum and his wife Pascale. They have a project for preserving old instruments in Mali that are being forgotten and disappearing from modern Mali music simply because not many people play them anymore. Afel is now touring with Mamadou Kelly and Alain Plume to raise funds for this project. Later this year they will return to Europe with artists playing these instruments.
While you wait for this spectacular event, I've uploaded a few new songs with the always so generous Afel. Thank you so much and a special thanks to Mariejke!