Mali, West Africa. Invoking
only a mysterious “national interest,” Barmoye
Sory Traoré, the
mayor of Djenné, has cancelled
Ali Farka Touré’s concert planned to
fight construction of the Talo Dam.
Grammy Award-winner Ali Farka Touré was to have given his
performance in the dam-endangered town of Djenné, a UNESCO-
designated World Heritage Site.
of the US Treasury-supported Talo Dam would starve 20,000 to
40,000 people by drying out a large wetland in Mali, West Africa.
On September 22, Mali's National day, World Music superstar
Ali Farka Touré was scheduled to give a concert in the adobe town
of Djenné. Now that
the concert has been scrapped, the lanky song-writer and guitarist
will perform in January with other Malian music stars Oumou
Salif Keita,and Habib Koita, as well as presidential candidate and
comedian Guimba National.