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FROM MALI WITH LOVE
For UK audiences, Fatoumata Diawara’s entrancing debut album and her almost meteoric rise into our consciousness seem to have come overnight. But as Elizabeth Kinder finds, Fatou has a longer story.

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Here’s what’s in fRoots No. 345, March 2012

THE EDITOR’S BOX
Ian Anderson’s comment column.
fROOTS PLAYLIST
Recent stuff we like.
CHARTS & LISTS
Specialist and general roots music album sales and airplay charts.
REVIEWS
Our key section reviewing all the latest CDs and more - loads bite the dust. No punches pulled!
ROOTING ABOUT
What's happening: packed pages of festivals, gigs, tours, radio, CDs and all kinds of roots-related stuff. The most you'll find anywhere…
ROOT SALAD
A cross-section of featurettes: Oxford originals Telling The Bees, Scots/Gambian border crossers Julaba Kunda, veteran guitar hero Michael Chapman, a 1942 live review of blues great Memphis Minnie, Australian singer/songwriter Fred Smith, Youssou N’Dour’s bid for President of Senegal, and that Martin Carthy answering the Rocket Launcher questions.
FROM MALI WITH LOVE
For UK audiences, Fatoumata Diawara’s entrancing debut album and her almost meteoric rise into our consciousness seem to have come overnight. But as Elizabeth Kinder finds, Fatou has a longer story.
HARROWING TALES
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings do timeless and acoustic like nobody else. Sarah Coxson talks to the Duke & Duchess of Melancholy.
PIANO IN THE HOUSE
Julie Murphy’s been busy at the keys. Colin Irwin battles with satnav to hear about her new project.
UNIVERSAL GNAWA
From national orchestra to university, Aziz Sahmaoui has high ideas for his Moroccan roots rhythms. Our man Jamie Renton gets down in the basement.
HUNGARY REVISITED
The recent and welcome compilation of classic tracks by Márta Sebestyén & Muzsicás gave Ken Hunt an excuse for a natter about the band’s early days.
TUCKER’S TALE
Tucker Zimmerman left the USA in 1966 and has lived in Europe ever since. His early recordings have gained a new following and resulted in his first appearances in the UK for decades. Jeanette Leech catches up.
TALKING TURKISH
A traditional roma clarinet player who sells a quarter of a million albums? Not here then. Nick Hobbs talks to Taksim Trio’s superb Hüsnü Senlendirici.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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