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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Bamako, Mali

There's a nice song about a hippo on the new Toumani Diamaté album, Toumani Diamaté's Symmetric Orchestra. A European hunter kills the villagers' favourite hippo and the women sing a lament for him.

Then they stuff him and put him on a traffic island.

Bamako, its capital city, means 'crocodile', but Mali means 'hippopotamus'.

This man's middle name means 'donkey': it's that other great Malian musician, Ali Farka Touré.

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