Radio Mali Gold

Welcome to a new kind of radio. This show goes out to the lovers of the tropical, warm, analog sounds of the revolutionary, independence-era Africa. Focusing on the 60’s-70’s big band orchestra Bambara and Mande music, each episode of MALI GOLD takes you on a trip through previously uncharted musical territory.

Much of the music here touches upon deep cultural and historical landmarks within Mande society. We also strive to bring you useful information about the cultural context of the music so that you actually learn while you listen. Ultimately, we aim to foster a deeper appreciation of the oldstyle aesthetic approach that characterized the golden age of music.

Mali Gold 1 – The Bamana Sound

This episode of Mali Gold Radio: “The Bamana Sound” shows how ethnicity is one of the key characterizing factors of Mali’s 60’s-70’s era big band orchestra music.

Mali Gold 2 – From the Root Up

This episode of Mali Gold Radio: “From the Root up” shows how folklore is the root of much of the Mali’s 60’s-70’s era big band orchestra music.