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Bamako's 'Downloaders' Guide Mali Music Scene

For practically no cost, young men on the streets of the Malian capital, Bamako, will put the latest hit songs onto your cell phone or memory stick. They are called “telechargeurs,” or “downloaders.” With limited means to stop the pirating of their songs, musicians are now using the downloaders to promote their work.   When Sidiki Diabaté, the son of Mali’s kora-master Toumani Diabaté, wanted to promote his latest release he did not bother with radio or TV spots. Instead, he...

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