VIDEO: Néné

I felt like I was in a U2 video.

You know the one I mean. The video that brought part of downtown Los Angeles to a standstill when the band played “Where The Streets Have No Name” on the rooftop of a liquor store in !987.

But this was Bamako, and this was Malian musician Néné Diarra and her band.

The sun was starting to set over the smog-choked capital when, one floor below in the Farm Radio office, I heard the sounds of electric guitar, drum and balafon trickling down the stairs.

Curious, I wandered up the stairs, and pushed open the door to find myself on the rooftop where Néné and band were warming up. A few other curious neighbours had also come out on their rooftops to see what was going on.

I knew something was happening to mark the departure of Canadian journalist Julia Burpee, but I hadn’t expected a full-on band.

Néné is one of the six musicians who wrote and produced “praise songs” for the half-dozen candidates on Farm Radio’s Daba Kamalen project.

For the next ten minutes, before the other guests started to arrive, I was treated to a concert for one. And it was magical.