Touré's reflections on the state of Mali, recorded Autumn 2013. In 2012, Al-Qaeda-allied insurgents rapidly swept the Malian army from the north, where they imposed their interpretation of Sharia law. Music & smoking were banned & all women were required to wear headscarves. As 2013 began, the rebels threatened the capital Bamako, itself. The Malian military continued to crumble, and France sent in troops. Meanwhile, in Timbuktu, world heritage sites were being destroyed by the rebels.