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World Cup Rant, Part 1: And the Winner is…Mali?

Fans of the beautiful game throughout Africa are painfully aware that it took nothing less than the the second hand of God to keep Ghana’s Black Stars from becoming the first African side to reach the semi-finals in World Cup history. But if the World Cup were awarded for music, host South Africa’s opening concert offered compelling evidence that African bands deserved a place in the finals. While TV coverage here was mostly devoted to the likes of the Black Eyed Peas and Shakira, you can catch up on what you missed here.

Highlights included two of my favorite bands from Mali. Amadou and Mariam performed a fabulously funky version of “Welcome to Mali,” dressed in jumpsuits apparently on loan from Devo, and Toureag desert rebels Tinariwen showed several times why they are one of the best guitar bands on the planet.

Tinariwen, “Matadjem Yinmixan”

Amadou and Mariam, “Welcome to Mali”

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