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Tuesday December 06, 2016

From African Business

Malian artists join the Coalition of Artists to promote the General History of Africa

More than 40 famous Malian artists will be present at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 7 December (Room XI, 12:30 pm) to join the International Coalition of Artists for the General History of Africa, an initiative to promote the work done by UNESCO since 1964 to rewrite an African history free from prejudice.

Barack Adama of Sexion d’Assaut (rapper), Amadou and Mariam (singers), Dawala (producer), Salif Keïta (singer), Aissata Maïga (actress), Cheick Moctary Diarra (writer), Mokobé (rapper), Oxmo Puccino (rapper), Ballaké Sissoko (musician), Cheick Tidiane Seck (musician and composer), Rokia Traoré (singer) and many other renowned Franco-Malian artists will sign a declaration of commitment to join the Coalition.

The ceremony will be opened by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, the Minister of Culture of Mali, N’Diaye Ramatoulaye Diallo, and the Representative of the Delegation of Malian Artists, Badiri Diakité, known as Dawala.

In October 2015, UNESCO created a Coalition of Artists, from Africa and elsewhere, to help UNESCO “ensure that the vast knowledge contained in the GHA volumes reaches people’s minds,” according to Ray Lema, a Congolese musician and spokesperson for the Coalition.

The Coalition aims to raise awareness among young people regarding the messages conveyed in this work. Through their commitment and artistic creations, members of the Coalition strive to convince political leaders that teaching about the shared heritage of African peoples represents a great interest for the whole continent.

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