BBC Sign, Broadcasting House LondonDigital radio station 6 Music is to celebrate African Music later this month.

Radio DJ Gemma Cairney has travelled to Mali to present a documentary. In the capital Bamako, Cairney explores the music and artists in the country and how recent troubles have affected music. The troubles led to a secular music ban during the uprising.

“I wanted to find out more about the story of Mali music and where it’s at today. My time there was something I never have and probably never will experience anything like ever again. BBC Radio 6 Music is the perfect home for this documentary as it ignites thought and gets beneath the music. I hope Mali Music does exactly that and makes your body sway too.” – Gemma Cairney

6 Music Celebrates African Music launches on Friday 17 January in Tom Ravenscroft’s show (from 7 to 10pm), which features a guest mix from Dave Maclean of Django Django, who will be mixing Afrobeat and Malian sounds.

On Saturday 18th January, Chris Hawkins is joined by Malian singer Rokia Traore and Paul Stanley Mackenzie (drummer with Gorillaz Soundsystem and Bobby Womack). Later in the day, Gideon Coe’s African Road Trip takes listeners on a road trip through the heartland of the continent.

Sunday 19th January 6 Music Celebrates African Music continues in Cerys On 6 (10am-1pm) as Cerys Matthews plays a selection of her favourite African artists plus another session track from Songhoy Blues.

Listeners will also be given the chance to compile the ultimate African-inspired playlist. Full details on 6 Music Celebrates African Music can be found at the BBC 6 Radio Music website.

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