West Africa has a long tradition of griots, or praise singers, who sing the praises of leaders—chieftains, warriors, businessmen, religious heads and presidents. But what if the country (or the military) doesn’t share the enthusiasm? What if there’s a coup d’etat? In March, I was in Mali, with one of the president’s many praise singers, when all of a sudden, the president was not president anymore.
Amazing new story on R&K: Rose Skelton in the studio with Mali’s most famous praise singer, during the coup against the president he served.
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