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Mali: Rebel groups ban music and replace ringtones

6 December 2012 Last updated at 17:18 GMT

A ban on all music is just one of a number of strict social codes rebel groups in northern Mali have imposed on citizens.

Dozens of musicians have headed south where singing is not a crime after Islamists in the north jammed radio airwaves and confiscated mobile phones, replacing ringtones with Koranic verses.

Thomas Fessy reports from Bamako.