World Cafe
2:43 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Festival In The Desert On World Cafe

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:16 am

In light of ongoing conflicts in Northern Mali, we checked in with Chris Nolan, an organizer of Festival in the Desert — the music festival that takes place each January in the Sahara region where much of the recent fighting has occurred. On today's installment of World CafĂ©, Nolan discusses the festival's history and elaborates on the decision to postpone the event this year.

We also hear excerpts from a 2005 interview with Robert Plant and his guitarist Justin Adams about their experience playing Festival in the Desert; they also describe the event's ability to bridge cultural gaps.

The segment closes with a song by Habib Koite, recorded at the 2012 festival from the forthcoming album Festival au Desert Live From Timbuktu.

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