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  • As I've learned in the past few years, Mali is home to some of the most incredible musicians in the world. -- Nick Zinner
  • Many people love my music. Many do not understand it. In general my music is more easily understood by younger people in Mali, and by people outside Africa. -- Vieux Farka Toure
  • Mali is a very social society. We share everything. I think sharing our resources in music forces us to collaborate more, play with other people more, share ideas more. -- Vieux Farka Toure
  • I was approached by Oxfam to go to Mali as their ambassador and get involved in their various initiatives out there. But I felt that was missing the point of using me, a musician -- Damon Albarn
  • Shaped like Texas, but twice as big, Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world. It exports almost nothing - mostly just cotton, gold and livestock - and doesnt have enough money to import much of anything, either. -- Richard Engel
  • We have oral traditions in Mali, and songs are passed down and around this way. I think in the US you can play all the time in your own room and never see another musician your whole life. We can't understand that in Mali. -- Vieux Farka Toure
  • We need self-confidence in our ability to build Africa. I trust in Mali and I trust in music. -- Rokia Traore
  • For every African state, like Ghana, where democratic institutions seem secure, there is a Mali, a Cote d'Ivoire, and a Zimbabwe, where democracy is in trouble. -- Michael Ignatieff
  • I was approached by Oxfam to go to Mali as their ambassador and get involved in their various initiatives out there. But I felt that was missing the point of using me, a musician. -- Damon Albarn
  • Some members, like Britain and France, are ready, willing and able to take action in Libya or Mali. Others are uncomfortable with the use of military force. Let's welcome that diversity, instead of trying to snuff it out. -- David Cameron
  • Shaped like Texas, but twice as big, Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world. It exports almost nothing - mostly just cotton, gold and livestock - and doesn't have enough money to import much of anything, either. -- Richard Engel
  • Mali exists mostly to itself. Few people go there. Few Malians leave. Most of Mali's 13 million people live, and seem to live quite happily, off the rice, corn and millet they grow and the long-horn cattle and goats they keep. -- Richard Engel
  • When Manuel Valls says there's nothing to understand because "understanding is justifying," he echoes back to Georges W Bush's logic in 2001. When Fran├žois Hollande says "they are attacking us because of who we are," what does it say about victims in Mali, Baghdad, Ivory Coast or Turkey? -- Tariq Ramadan
  • Bad mind, bad heart. (Mals Mens, Malus Animus -- Anacharsis Cloots
  • The shame of fools conceals their open wounds. [Lat., Stultorum incurata malus pudor ulcera celat.] -- Horace
  • Courage in danger is half the battle. [Lat., Bonus animus in mala re, dimidium est mali.] -- Plautus
  • There is no book so bad that it is not profitable in some part. -Nullus est liber tam malus ut non aliqua parte prosit -- Pliny the Younger
  • How bitter it is to reap a harvest of evil for good that you have done! [Lat., Ut acerbum est, pro benefactis quom mali messem metas!] -- Plautus
  • A man in Mali told me that there are seven senses. Everyone has five, some can use their sixth. But not everyone has the seventh. It is the power to heal with music, calm with color, to soothe the sick soul with harmony. He told me that I have this gift, and I know what I have to do with it. -- Marie Daulne
  • When I'm asked about the relevance to Black people of what I do, I take that as an affront. It presupposes that Black people have never been involved in exploring the heavens, but this is not so. Ancient African empires - Mali, Songhai, Egypt - had scientists, astronomers. The fact is that space and its resources belong to all of us, not to any one group. -- Mae Jemison
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