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In northern Mali, music silenced
as Islamists drive out artists

Washington Post, by Sudarsan Raghavan

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Posted By:PageTurner, 12/2/2012 10:01:48 AM

BAMAKO, Mali — Khaira Arby, one of Africa’s most celebrated musicians, has performed all over the world, but there is one place she cannot visit: her native city of Timbuktu, a place steeped in history and culture but now ruled by religious extremists. One day, they broke into Arby’s house and destroyed her instruments. Her voice was a threat to Islam, they said, even though one of her most popular songs praised Allah. “They told my neighbors that if they ever caught me, they would cut my tongue out,” said Arby, sadness etched on her broad face.

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Another world cultural treasure meets the ROPMA. The music of Mali is unique and beautiful. It´s now pretty much gone.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/2/2012 10:21:23 AM     (No. 9044340)

I have a hard time working up any sympathy for these people.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: uno, 12/2/2012 10:21:25 AM     (No. 9044341)

We´ve seen this story before with the intolerance of islamofacism.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JAN, 12/2/2012 10:38:08 AM     (No. 9044370)

This deconstruction of Mali is compliments of the deconstruction of Libya.

The tribes that Kadafi kept under control are now running rampant everywhere, including Syria.

We are being fed a pack of lies about the Arab Spring.

By now, most of us are slowly learning the truth of O´s intentions for the middle east.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 12/2/2012 11:06:07 AM     (No. 9044417)

Where are the Islamic moderates we hear so much about? Where are the people who speak for theseeople who are supposed to number in the hundreds of millions? Te fact is that these so-called moderates either don´t exist or are cowards of the first magnitude. Isn´t it ironic that a fourteen year old girl has more courage than all the rest of the cowards put together.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LadyHen, 12/2/2012 11:27:47 AM     (No. 9044451)

Warning: Don´t read the comments after the article.

The moral equivalence of these liberal progressive fools would make you think these poor "misunderstood" Islamist are no different than your average band of bloodthirsty Amish.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Halfvast Conspirator, 12/2/2012 12:29:11 PM     (No. 9044537)

Time for a MaliAid concert!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Kurto, 12/2/2012 1:24:46 PM     (No. 9044610)

More love from the religion of peace, not! Are any American progressives losing interest in sharia law>

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Reply 8 - Posted by: paulfromTexas, 12/2/2012 1:31:13 PM     (No. 9044618)

Just imagine how it will all pan out in England when they go to shutting down the pubs ....

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Reply 9 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 12/2/2012 2:39:36 PM     (No. 9044687)

Sounds like what the Taliban did in Afghanistan. Eventually flying a kite or riding a bicycle will elicit a death sentence.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: enuf8, 12/2/2012 3:55:04 PM     (No. 9044772)

Peace loving religion - according to jugears

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/2/2012 5:21:50 PM     (No. 9044853)

Many sub-sets (sub-human sets) of Islam prohibit all music and musical instruments.

I suspect that this was a ´sour grapes´ response to the Catholic Church´s dominance in the field of theatrical music, both vocal and orchestral, 500+ years ago.

You can spread a religion with an army but a good choir and orchestra really works much better.

Sore losers !

Don´t even get me started about pipe organs.



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Reply 12 - Posted by: PageTurner, 12/2/2012 5:39:57 PM     (No. 9044875)

Has anyone here ever heard Mali music? It´s truly beautiful, unlike anything else you have ever heard out of Africa. It sounds like medieval troubadour music with harps and lutes, even though it´s played by slum dwellers in flipflops, dirty tshirts and dreadlocks, or else desert people wearing the kind of attire you wear to ride camels in the Sahara - burnooses. There isn´t anything like it, but there is a reason it´s very popular. Nobody who ever hears it dislikes it.

It shows that Islam is evil because evil abhors beauty and wants it destroyed.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: dovestar, 12/2/2012 5:53:13 PM     (No. 9044892)

Music is the language of the soul. Good music, along with the heart of a woman, and dogs, are all about love. Of course Islam hates all three. Anyone else here starting to see Obama as the anti-John the Baptist heralding the coming of the anti-Christ?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 12/2/2012 10:06:40 PM     (No. 9045111)

Africa, north to south, east to west, is a basket case.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: PageTurner, 12/3/2012 8:03:44 AM     (No. 9045465)

Don´t believe me - check out these youtubes of North Malian music, this is what is being repressed by Islamofascist scum:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VQYJMQsC5U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=StGS0ss-7FI&NR=1

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