Cultural Preservation

The true centerpieces of these compositions are folkloric songs, often told in parable, some of which have origins dating back hundreds of years. These songs contain valuable, inspirational, and wisdom-filled messages that have served to uplift Malians beyond the harsh realities of daily life. Recently, some have cautioned that there disfavoring of this older generation of songs over more modern music, as culture is affected by markets, technology and increasing contact with western consumption/materialism. In addition to introducing the wisdom and perspective of these allegorical song structures to American audiences, reviving these songs can serve the further objective of fostering a renewed interest in song material that is soon to be extinct.