CLOTH IS MONEY: TEXTILES FROM THE SAHEL

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Kora music from Mali (4 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cLAwAOi-hA&list=RDBQCKm8lBTI4&index=21 
Toumani Diabaté was born in Bamako, Mali, in 1965. His father was known as “the king of kora,” and Toumani is the 77th generation of musician in his family. He started to play kora at the age of 5 and is now considered one of the greatest players of this traditional West African instrument in the world. He plays here with his son Sidiki.

The Sunjata Epic (3:16 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuA0hDluS04
This excerpt from a performance of the Sunjata epic—an epic poem of the Malinke people that tells the story of the hero Sunjata Keita, founder of the Mali Empire—features Hawa Kassé Made Diabaté, Fode Lassana Diabaté (balafon), and Chérif Keita (narrator).

Saving the Timbuktu Manuscripts (7 captioned slides)
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2016/06/badass-librarians-joshua-hammer-timbuktu-manuscript-al-qaeda/
This piece in National Geographic details how Malian librarians saved priceless 12th–16th century manuscripts in Timbuktu from Jihadists.

Related Exhibition: Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time Resources 
Visit the website for the Smithsonian’s Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchanged across Medieval Saharan Africa to learn more about this landmark traveling exhibition that was on display at the National Museum of African Art in Washington DC in April 2020: https://africa.si.edu/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/caravans-of-gold-fragments-in-time-art-culture-and-exchange-across-medieval-saharan-africa/

There was also a free app developed in conjunction with the exhibition. Read more and download now! https://nublockmuseum.blog/2020/06/23/caravans-of-gold-app-reaches-global-audience-by-going-small/

Exhibition Preview (3 minutes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6C_WCz67Dw (3minutes)

This preview features the curatorial team of Americans and Africans discussing the development of Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time.

Exhibition Workshop (1hr 42 minutes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN5z1SF96nY  

A recorded webinar about the exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time, hosted by the National Museum of African Art. The workshop includes a virtual tour of the exhibition, two interactive sessions with teachers with classroom and exhibition materials, and a scholar lecture by Prof Khaled Esseissah of Georgetown University.

Related Exhibition: Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara Resources

Visit the website for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara to learn more about this exhibition that will be on display until October 26, 2020. Take a virtual tour of the exhibition, view the hundreds of objects on display up close, and use the Exhibition Guide to learn more: https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2020/sahel-art-empire-sahara  

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