Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara was not prepared to sit back

and watch her country's fight against al Qaeda–linked jihadists without doing putting up her own (peaceful) fight. Following a December visit to

Bamako Diawara in which the Paris-based singer said she could not recognize her beloved

city, she assembled a stunning 40 musicians from her

native country to record a 7-minute song called “Mali-ko (Peace).” Joined by Malian superstars like Sangare, Amadou & Mariam, and Toumani Diabaté, among others, “Mali-Ko” urges Malians to choose peace over war.

Sings Diawara:

The time has come for us to speak up about the crisis in Mali; we, the artists must now speak from the heart about what is happening to our Mali.

Watch the video below and let us know what you think:

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