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Recording a Malian 'Mande' music album in Bamako, Mali, w/ some of the finest musicians in the land! Bambara songs from a U.S. folk singer.
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    Receive the above ($5 & $10 rewards) AND I'll make you a mix tape (ok, CD) of some great Malian music!

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    Receive all of the above AND your name will appear in the liner notes of the album!

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    Receive all of the above AND drafts of my writings on Mali. You can comment, offer suggestions, & help in the process of crafting the written piece!

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    This is great. Receive the above and a free copy of every creative work (CDs, books, etc.) I EVER make!

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    Alright! You get the above plus a Takamine acoustic guitar (Jasmine model) signed by members of the Texas Red Dirt Music scene (Cross Canadian Ragweed, Reckless Kelly, and others)!

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    You're sweet. Big time. Receive the above plus I'll come play a concert in your home next time I'm in your area (for U.S. & Europe)!

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    I love you. You've just won yourself all of the above PLUS you can be on a future album (singing, playing an instrument.. we'll work it out)

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    Wow. Welcome to Athens, Georgia. I'm bringing you down (from the continental U.S. only) for a fun weekend checking out local music, eating fine food, and playing corn hole at Little Kings! Oh, and you get all of the above too..

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    The Patron Deal: You're a true patron of the arts. A griot is a traditional Mande bard, praise singer, and oral historian. As a griot of the Kouyate clan, I will compose a song singing your praises in Bambara and include it on the record! Oh, and you get the above (minus the guitar if it's already taken).

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    OK. This is wild. Can't give you the guitar if someone's already beaten you to the $5,000 mark, but pack your bags.. we're going to Mali! You're coming with me to record the album, you'll meet my Malian friends, and it'll be the trip of a lifetime!

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    Unreal. You get the above, yep, all of it, plus the Guild acoustic guitar I used on my first two records!

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