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Malian musicians sing for peace in crisis-hit country

Published on Jan 18, 2013 11:53 PM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Dozens of Malian musicians, including world-renowned performers Amadou and Mariam, Vieux Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate, have recorded a song for peace in response to the deepening conflict in their country.

The musicians came together in the capital Bamako this week to record the track "Mali-ko (Peace/La Paix)".

"The Malian people look to us," singer Fatoumata Diawara, the organiser of the project, said in a statement. "They have lost hope in politics. But music has always brought hope in Mali."

Mali has a rich musical tradition and many artists are well-known on the international circuit. Amadou and Mariam have sold millions of discs worldwide.

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