17 December 2015

Quick note

Bonjour Amis du Mali,

Our organizational website, vafriendsofmali.org, is temporarily down. If you are new to Virginia Friends of Mali and have any questions about us, please email us at virginiafriendsofmali@gmail.com.

Notre site Web de l'organisation, vafriendsofmali.org, est temporairement indisponible. Si vous êtes nouveau à Virginie Amis du Mali et d'avoir des questions sur nous, s'il vous plaît écrivez-nous à virginiafriendsofmali@gmail.com.

If you would like to make a contribution, please click the Donate tab above. Or send your tax deductible contribution to VFOM PO Box 4363, Richmond, VA 23220.

Si vous souhaitez faire une contribution, s'il vous plaît cliquer sur l'onglet Versez dessus. Ou envoyez votre contribution déductible d'impôt à VFOM PO Box 4363, Richmond, VA 23220.

Thank you / Merci ,

Ana Edwards, president / présidente

13 November 2015

Nov. 18: Kora Music from the Gambia

FREE performance by the amazing kora player PAPA SUSSO!
with the renowned balafon (African xylophone) player BALLA KOUYATE!

Papa Susso: Kora Music from the Gambia.
Wednesday, November 18th, 7:30 pm. FREE.
University of Richmond, Weinstein International Center.

29 October 2015

"Peace Baba is the most famous bead person in Mali"

Peace Baba (real name Oumar Cissé) is the most famous bead person in Mali. His nickname comes from the fact that he used, for more than 20 years, to take care of Peace Corps volunteers in Mopti Region, whose 'vacation house' was right next to his shop: Farafina Tigne is the name of his museum/shop and the website is fabulously extensive, including a decent travelogue description of the country's major towns and features of interest to tourists.

Peace Baba has moved from his small store on the island that is Mopti town, to a larger store in Sevaré beside the main paved Great North Road. Here he has a museum of beads and crafts upstairs, and a fantastic bead shop downstairs.

Peace Corps Baba (Baba - Father) is a great man with a magnetic personnality and communicatable English. His beads are SO WORTH WHILE (and such good value).

Some Malian beads are 5000 years old. Some were made when Jesus Christ was alive. Some are made from the bones of fish or the nuts of trees. Some are médiéval multi-colored glass trade beads made in Venice 500 or 600 years ago. Some are modern. All are beautiful.

His beads are often sold in the US, but you can order directly from Farafina Tigne. Click here for order and delivery information.

and if you're curious about Indigo ... 

03 July 2015

2015 Virginia Sister Cities Association Annual Meeting is July 10

Richmond Sister City Commission will host the 2015 Virginia Sister Cities Association annual meeting on Friday, July 10th! If you would like to attend and are currently involved with a Virginia Sister Cities Organization, please click here to register.

24 June 2015


Like the Mali Aigles who came 3rd in the Africa Cup of Nations, their babies, the under-20 Aiglons came 3rd in their world cup.

The tournament took place in New Zealand in May-June 2015.

Winner: Serbia
Second: Brazil
Third: MALI Fourth: Senegal

Voted Best Player of the Tournament: Adama Traoré of Mali who won the Adidas Golden Ball trophy. Cerise, sur le gâteau, le trophée du meilleur joueur du tournoi, le Ballon d’Or Adidas, est revenu, à juste titre, à Adama Traoré, qui aura été le véritable homme du match. Vu son parcours héroïque, qui s’inscrit dans le parcours plus qu’honorable de toute l’équipe du Mali pendant cette compétition mondiale

21ème Coupe du Monde des moins de 20 ans : Les Aiglons rééditent l’exploit de 1999 avec Adama Traoré comme meilleur joueur - En battant, lors de la «petite finale», le 20 juin 2015, les Lionceaux du Sénégal par le score de 3 buts à 1, les Aiglons du Mali se juchent sur la 3ème marche du podium de la 21ème édition de la Coupe du Monde de football des moins de 20 ans. Cela, grâce en grande partie à un doublé du milieu de terrain Adama Traoré. Le 3ème but a été marqué par Diadié Samassékou

11 February 2015

Toumani et Sidiki DIABATE finalists in 2015 GRAMMY Awards!

2015 Best World Music Album

NOMINEE: Toumani Diabaté et Sidiki Diabaté
Album: Toumani et Sidiki


Angelique Kidjo
Album: Eve
Click to read more about her 2nd Grammy win!


Wu Man, Luis Conte & Daniel Ho
Album: Our World In Song

Sergio Mendes
Album: Magic

Anoushka Shankar
Album: Traces Of You