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
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.
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: