A musical message of hope in a new single from Mali’s Rokia Koné

The World

The song is titled “N’yanyan,” based on an old song passed down over time. Rokia Koné recorded it in one take on a night when the world around her was in upheaval — August 2020, when there was a coup d'etat in Mali. You can hear how she found solace in the words: “Things may be bad now, but it's only a moment in time.”