Crowdfunding Campaign: Legendary David Baker Music Release!

David Baker

Photo by Photo by Kendall Reeves

Be a part of a very special celebration of the life and music of jazz composer, author, and educator David Baker. Claim your recording now or join at any other reward level and support the recording, production, and major national release of Basically Baker Volume 2: The Big Band Music of David Baker by the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra. Your contributions are tax deductible as funds will go to the Patois non-profit organization.

Upon release, 100% of all proceeds generated by sales of the recording will go directly to the David N. Baker Scholarship Fund.

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Mali’s Musical Life (P.2): Mali’s Musicians’ Lives

Text by Banning Eyre

Bamako Street

Photo by Banning Eyre

As reported last time, there is plenty of music going being played publically in Malian cities, especially Bamako, despite a State of Emergency. But the impression is deceptive. Crowds at nightclubs are thin. There are almost no foreign visitors to support clubs, festivals and concerts.

While street weddings are on, the families who sponsor them have less to spend, and are moreBamako: wedding with tama player and more inclined to cut costs by hiring lower-rung artists, often not griots as they would have been in the past, and there is less money changing hands. For musicians, there is hardly any point in recording, unless you are one of the lucky few to have an international career. Cellphone technology has made swapping music files so easy that even the pirates who used to undermine artistic careers with cheap cassettes and CDs have a hard time making sales.

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“Make Music Your Business” #2 with LegalShield’s Associates

Date: Monday, May 23, 2016
Time: 5pm to 6:30pm
Venue: WeWork Wall Street (110 Wall Street, NY, NY)
Ticket: free, but RSVP via Eventbrite here: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/musicians-for-musicians-inc-10586797435
Genre: workshop

Limited seating: 50

 LegalShield‘s associates Mike Juliano & Brad Bolnick will lead a legal workshop for MFM (http://www.MusiciansForMusicians.org) members and aspiring musicians, making music and business work hand in hand.

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A Documentary Film “The Blues Society” by Augusta Palmer…#BlackLivesMatter

The Blues Society posterA movie about a collective of artists and musicians in Memphis who loved Blues music enough to change the way we think about it.

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

DooBeeDoo and I are happy to hear that our contributor and friend the cool Augusta Palmer has a new film The Blues Society in the works. She’s been thinking to do this documentary for quite a while. I think it’s the right timing to do this docu film. It’ll support perfectly the “Black Lives Matter” movement. The Blues stands for #BlackLivesMatter. It’s the voice of this movement.

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Mali’s Musical Life (P.1): The Present Music Scene

Festival Acoustic de Bamako

Photo by Banning Eyre

Text by Banning Eyre

In January and February, I made my fifth visit to Bamako, Mali. It was the first time back in ten years, and I was there with Sean Barlow to research new programs for Afropop Worldwide. We were especially interested to see how musicians’ lives had been affected in the aftermath of tumultuous events in 2012 and 2013 – namely, a rebellion in the north, eight months of sharia law under which music was banned in northern cities like Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal, a coup d’etat in Bamako, French military action to restore the nation’s sovereignty, and fraught elections bringing a new, fragile civilian government to power.

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