Via NME:

Malian singer Rokia TraorĂ©, who previously played Glastonbury in 2009, has officially been announced as the first act for this year’s festival. Organisers also revealed that a singer from Mali will open the Pyramid Stage each day.

The move is intended as an act of solidarity with the people and musicians of the war-torn African country, where Islamists in the north have banned music, and organisers will also revamp other areas of the festival site to mark the link-up.

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