May 26, 2012

Turmoil in Mali

Last year, Tall Corn Music released Sababou, an incredible set of recordings from Malian musicians Jah Youssouf and his wife Bintou Coulibaly, orchestrated at the prompting of Brad Loving, aka Lobisomem. We were able to help out by premiering a track from the album on Altered Zones, way back when. Thanks to that release, Tall Corn was able to send the two and their family some proceeds from sales, but apparently the political situation in Mali has undercut their gains. Loving explains in an email he sent us this afternoon:
As many of you may know, there has been a military coup in Mali and things have gotten quite chaotic and treacherous there. Making ends meet as a musician in Mali is difficult in the best of times so you can imagine how trying things might become when the basic fabric of society starts to breaks down . . . I spoke to Jah today, and he asked if I could help him financially to try and get his family out of Mali due to the political turmoil there. I really want to believe in the power of music to help directly in people's lives so I am making a special plea to you all to raise some additional funds through the purchase his album.
To that end, Loving and Tall Corn Music are planning to divert funds from sales in order to help the family. Loving says that Tall Corn's financial portals are well established and secure ways of getting money directly to Jah, Bintou, and their family in Mali.

Jah Youssouf & Bintou Coulibaly - Faco
Jah Youssouf & Bintou Coulibaly - Folkan
Sababou is available digitally from Tall Corn's bandcamp and on vinyl from their bigcartel page. Once again, proceeds from sales are going to help Jah and his family. If you can't help, consider showing this to someone who might like their music.

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