When the singerÂ Robert PlantÂ visited Mali to perform at the Festival In Ihe Desert, in 2003, he brought a video camera and documented Malian life, both in towns and in the desert, as well as the festival itself.
Plant was the cameraman; on occasion, Logan, his son, took over. Also with Robert on the trip, and seen in the footage, were Justin Adams and Skin Tyson, who both played bass and guitars in Plantâ€™s band the Strange Sensation.
Now, a decade later, and withÂ Mali in the newsÂ as a dangerous flashpoint, Plant has edited the video and assembled â€śZirka,â€ť a documentary series about the trip, with a soundtrack devoted largely to Malian music.
The footage is broken it into eight segments, to beÂ posted on his YouTube page.Â The first episode (which wasÂ given a premiereÂ by Rolling Stone) is already up; Part 2 will be posted on November 18th, with installments following every Monday until December 30th.
In a statement Robert called the Malian trip: â€śa journey that could only reinforce the power and the great gift of music across and between cultures. Sharing outside of language. A world where, for awhile at least, borders, boundaries and barriers once again fell awayâ€¦as it was long ago.â€ť