De-fetishizing audio signals and technologies in Bamako (Mali)

Amandine Pras*, Emmanuelle Olivier

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


What do Malian sound practitioners want and need to learn so as to take their career to the next step? This paper presents the background, pedagogy, organization, and feedback of a professional audio workshop for 24 participants in Bamako from February 28 to March 5, 2022. In partnership with the Tadiazt Association led by Malian-Belgian Abdallah Ag Amano and two highly experienced instructors, namely Bukinabe Éliézer Oubda and Canadian James Clemens-Seely, we delivered training sessions focused on teaching the scientific knowledge and technical skills that would allow participants to move beyond the patronage of the Global North music industry within West Africa when it comes to the mixing and mastering stages of internationally renowned Malian musicians’ productions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAES 2023 International Conference on Audio Education
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2023
EventAudio Education Conference - Hasselt, Belgium, Hasselt, Belgium
Duration: 6 Sept 20238 Sept 2023


ConferenceAudio Education Conference
Internet address


  • Ethnomusicology of recording studios
  • Mali
  • West Africa
  • Professional audio training
  • Technical knowledge

Cite this