Following the announcement that western music is Satan’s music, the location of Mali’s famous Festival in the Desert has been changed for 2013.
Music is broadcast to us through all types of media and is a significant part of everyday life across the world, but Malian music is possibly more intertwined with the way of life than anywhere else, although this has now been refused.
In the UK if you are a group of teenagers, playing your favourite music out loud in a public place, you are bound to get some disapproving looks, and the odd comment about the noise. Whereas in Gao if you do this, the Islamic police are more than likely to remove and destroy the music and offer you something deemed appropriate by officials.
Where there was once joy, happiness, music and dancing, are now frustration, despair and deprivation. Regardless of the ban of western music, Manny Ansar,the director of the eminent festival is confident that no one can kill the enjoyment Malian music brings. In a recent press release, Manny has said: “The Festival in the Desert must survive all this, even as a nomad like those who founded it, until it can again settle somewhere.”