Post image for Remembering Malick Sidibé, the Photographer Who Captured Modern Malian Life

The Malian photographer Malick Sidibé died on Friday in Bamako, Mali.

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Sixteen original 15th- and 16th-century Malian manuscripts will go on display Friday at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, The Art Newspaper reported.

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Picturing Public and Private in Mali

by Faheem Haider on February 13, 2014

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POUGHKEEPSIE, New York — Malian photographer Malick Sidibé’s career-run of work, Malick Sidibé: Chemises, now on view at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, is an intimate and inviting affair.

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Post image for The Majority of Timbuktu’s Medieval Manuscripts Are Safe

On Monday, Hyperallergic reported that Islamist rebels set fire to two historic libraries in the Malian city of Timbuktu (a UNESCO world heritage site), just as French forces and the Malian army pushed them out. The rebels may have destroyed 2,000 of the Ahmed Baba Institute’s volumes of medieval-era scholarship, but there is some good news: many of the archives’ treasures had earlier been removed to private libraries and collections.

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Islamic rebels set fire to two libraries containing tens of thousands of historic manuscripts on their way out of Timbuktu on Saturday. The full extent of the damage isn’t known yet, but it seems clear that a good chunk of African medieval history has been destroyed.

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Music from the Sahara’s Cellphone Music Scene

by An Xiao on January 28, 2013

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LOS ANGELES — In places like the US and Korea, it can be easy to rely entirely on the internet. Upload something to Dropbox, download it to your server, let it live on the cloud. But in many parts of the world with unreliable or censored internets, people rely on USB sticks and SD cards to transfer information.

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