Mali

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pretty Tuareg girls

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young Fulani men

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Tuareg man

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In the Sahara desert – with the wonderful musician Afel Bocoum

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The Great Ali Farka Toure playing the grand finale

 

and here’s the clip….it was almost 2am, freezing Sahara and yet the great music kept us all warm…..can you find me somewhere on the very front …..???

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Two legends of Mail – Oumou Sangare & Salif Keita at a concert in Bamako

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Oumou at her farm

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Salif playing in Bamako

Because of musical and cultural interest in Mali for long, when I speak of the country, often had to look at quizzing faces with counter question/correction ‘You mean Bali?’ – from such geographical depths, today Mali has shot up to hit the front pages all across the world, though for wrong reasons.

Here’s a piece written almost 10 years ago during happier times in Mali. Incidentally, my first ever published article, a transition from Software to Freelance writing !

Please click –

http://www.hindu.com/mag/2003/12/28/stories/2003122800440200.htm

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2 thoughts on “Mali

    • I certainly would have to agree there as it was once in a life-time experience and if I may, only for the privileged few as 2003 version was considered the best and to top it, had the special privilege of sharing the VIP camel-hide tent with the cultural minister of Mali, who was there to open the festival and my wonderful friend, diva Oumou Sangare 🙂

      If interested, Harmonia Mundi had released a DVD

      Thanks much for stopping by !!

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