Robert Plant has announced details of an eight-part documentary series.
Zirka was filmed in 2003, when Plant travelled to Mali to play the Festival In The Desert alongside Ali Farka Touré and Tinariwen.
“It was a journey of revelation — one of the most illuminating and humbling experiences of my life,” Plant tells Rolling Stone.
“[The trip] took us from the scurry and bustle of our world into the homeland of the Tuareg, the Sahel of Mali, Timbuctoo, and north to Essakane,” Plant recalls. “A journey that could only reinforce the power and the great gift of music across and between cultures. . . sharing outside of language.”
Episodes of Zirka will be uploaded onto Robert Plant’s YouTube channel every Monday for the next 8 weeks.