Glastonbury Festival rides live music wave
As the biggest music festival of the British summer begins, fans who are usually plugged into iPods prepare to merge into a joyful, outdoor crowd. Is this why live concerts are booming?
Artists fight silence in music’s forbidden land
Mali was the most musical country in Africa. Then, one year ago, fundamentalists came from the desert to shut the music down. Mali’s musicians are fighting back, but fear a silent future.
‘Liberated’ Malians cheer as UK sends in troops
In just a fortnight, French troops have swept rebels from strongholds in Mali they occupied for almost a year. But as Britain joins the campaign, this ‘victory’ could be only the beginning.
France goes to war in a ‘new Afghanistan’
France has sent troops to defeat an Islamist coup in the West African nation of Mali, and quell a rebellion the West sees as dangerous. Can this intervention succeed where others have failed?
Islamists destroy ancient artefacts of Timbuktu
An ancient and legendary city on the fringes of the Sahara has been captured by hardline Islamists. Now, the sacred tombs of Timbuktu are being destroyed. For locals, it is the end of the world.