New book: Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali

Freemuse are pleased to announce the publication of our first book, ‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’, which is launched in a digital and on-demand paperback edition.





By Andy Morgan

A Freemuse publication

220 pages • Out now

“Our musician was on his way to a wedding in a village outside Gao, his car laden with instruments and equipment. At the checkpoint he was ordered to step down from his car by a MUJAO militiaman who then proceeded to search it. All the instruments are taken out and piled up by the side of the road; guitars, teherdent, amps, speakers, calabashes. The pile was doused in petrol and set alight. The musician was too scared to shout out, or cry, or flee. There were guns everywhere. He just stood and watched as his livelihood went up in flames. If he made a scene or showed any emotion, he knew that his own life would be in danger.”


“We don’t want Satan’s music!” Scenes of musical life under Shari’a Law
Music in the red zone — The Festival in the Desert and the advance of Islamism in the north
“We have come here to teach you the true faith” — Vandalism and destruction along the great fault line of the Sahel
Tisrawt — The epic tale of a theatre company from northern Mali


The income from sales of this book will support Freemuse in its work to help musicians who suffer persecution, discrimination or imprisonment around the world.

For more information, press enquiries and review copies, please contact Executive Director Marie Korpe at Freemuse: