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Radical Islamists have driven artists from northern Mali, where playing music can bring beatings, and even prison time.
Nov. 10, 2012Musicians who fled northern Mali gather in a cramped apartment in the country’s capital, Bamako, to record a song that speaks of liberation and peace. Hundreds of musicians have fled south to Bamako and other towns, as well as to neighboring countries. They say they have been driven out by Islamist hard-liners who have decreed any form of music — save those that accompany Koranic verses — as against their religion.Sudarsan Raghavan/The Washington Post