Music, Mali and Citizen Diplomacy
Music, Mali and Citizen Diplomacy: A Performance and Discussion
With special musical guests Trio Da Kali
Malian hip-hop artist mixing traditional instruments and modern sounds Amkoullel
Trio da Kali member and balafon player Fodé Lassana Diabaté
Voice of America African music radio host, producer and ethnomusicologist Heather Maxwell
Grammy-winning music producer and ethnomusicologist Lucy Durán
UMD School of Public Policy professor specializing in international development ethics and democratization & Moderator David Crocker
What is the role of music in citizen diplomacy and civic engagement around the globe? How can it be a channel for offering multiple voices, especially those of young people, a place in public discourse?
In this roundtable discussion, we will talk about the role of music and the griot in Malian history and contemporary culture. For a brief performance of this music and an ensuing discussion, join Trio Da Kali, known for their performance of traditional music and storytelling, and this remarkable panel of experts. A light lunch will be served.