Further Digging

This page provides references for those who wish to dig a bit deeper into the music, culture and ideas represented by Orchestra Gold:

Site Name URL Description
WorldService: African and Latin Music http://wrldsrv.blogspot.com/

 

A literal treasure trove of Malian music and history from the golden era, and beyond.
Mostly Mali Mixtape http://xray.fm/broadcasts/8945 Starts w. more modern, then delves into some history and context on the older Big Band era of Mali.
Mali’s orchestras from the 1960s to the 1980 https://www.musicinafrica.net/magazine/mali%E2%80%99s-orchestras-1960s-1980s Great historical discussion on some of the Golden Era Orchestras
Radio Africa: Malian orchestras 1960 – 1980 http://www.radioafrica.com.au/Discographies/Mali_Orchs.html Discography of main Malian Orchestras. This is helpful since many orchestra had different permutations/names.
Under African skies (1985) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7TaPI28xDQ Beautiful, old  documentary (1985) showcasing some of the most important artists of the era