And the Malian capital may well have provided the mother lode (thanks to Merrick - cameraman for the second phase of the trip - who, from Blighty, has somehow drummed up a true rollcall of talent).
First we meet up with Vieux Farka Toure, who’s playing the World Cup opening ceremony on June 10 alongside Shakira, the Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys and his sister Angelique Kidj (as ya do).
He’s got all charmed by the story of The Thumb, apparently, and has battled through flu and the fatigue of a 1,000km journey home from his guitarist’s wedding to pay us a visit.
Arriving with entourage in tow (I thought he was the governor of Bamako for a minute back there) we had a little jam together, him joining in on one of my tracks and then he blew us away with his own.
If you like Blues, get stuck into the Mali music scene...