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Mali Reclaims Role as Cultural Hub With Music Festival

Four years after the army staged a coup in Mali’s capital and jihadists banned music in areas they occupied, the country is beginning to reclaim its role as a regional hub for culture. Last year, Bamako saw the return of Les Rencontres de Bamako, a biannual photo festival that was canceled after the 2012 crisis. More cultural events dot the horizon, including this week's four-day acoustic music festival in the capital. Toumani Diabaté is one of Mali's most acclaimed...

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