Guinean Sekouba Bambino performs at a music festival in Segou, Mali, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)
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Long before Mali captured the global spotlight as an al-Qaida training ground where French soldiers had to intervene, the West African nation was celebrated for producing some of the biggest stars in world music.Now Salif Keita and other top Malian performers are trying to revitalize the country's music tourism with the return of the Festival on the Niger. The insecurity also has sidelined Mali's famous Festival in the Desert, which drew visitors from around the world every year to hear some of the region's best acts perform, to ride camels and sleep beneath the stars. Although it's still too dangerous to resume that event, the Festival on the Niger is now back.Among those taking part were Keita, one of Mali's most famous musicians, Vieux Farka Toure, Haira Arby, Guinean star Sekouba Bambino and Cheick Tidiane Seck.
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