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Culture, Art

Lens on Life: From Bamako to San Francisco

"Africa is not a lost continent," says Yoyo Gonthier, one of the 22 African photographers represented in this excellent show. The works exhibited prove that there are as many Africas as there are artistic visions. Mikhael Subotzky spent months in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bamako's Beauts

Bamako's Beauts

The capital city of Mali is not much like our burg. Besides the obvious (it's in Africa), it's on a river, it's inland, and it's got a famous library. Like San Francisco, though, downtown Bamako is expensive, congested, and sounds…
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Film, The People's Court

The People's Court

Foreign filmmakers with advanced sensibilities are sometimes accused of making "festival films." Esoteric in content and/or experimental in form, these movies are conceived, so it is said, not for the enlightenment of a local film culture — or indeed, of…
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Hear This

Oumou Sangare Female vocalists have dominated Mali's vibrant music scene ever since the West African country gained independence from France in the late 1950s. However, a strict caste system has traditionally limited performance opportunities in most areas to the jalis…
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