Mali superstars turned away

An internationally-recognized band of Tuareg musicians from Mali was forced to cancel an appearance at the Vancouver Folk Festival last week after being denied entry into Canada, the Victoria Times-Colonist reported. The band's management first applied for visas in Paris and were denied, forcing them to change their tour to churn through US dates first. On July 17 the band was told in Los Angeles that its application was again being turned down, forcing the cancellation.

Published: Wednesday, 08/03/2011 12:00 am EDT

An internationally-recognized band of Tuareg musicians from Mali was forced to cancel an appearance at the Vancouver Folk Festival last week after being denied entry into Canada, the Victoria Times-Colonist reported. The band's management first applied for visas in Paris and were denied, forcing them to change their tour to churn through US dates first. On July 17 the band was told in Los Angeles that its application was again being turned down, forcing the cancellation.

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