Dancing and drumming in Bamako

The week in Sonan  Koroba was followed by another week of dance in Bamako. We stayed in a big house abit outside the city centre, and every day we were picked up after breakfast and drove to the place the workshop were held. We continued dancing with Brahima, and in the afternoon we danced with … Continue reading

Dancing and drumming in Sanankoroba

Sananoroba is a small village south in Mali, close to the border of Guinea. It’s the home village of Sidiki, and during the workshop he arranges every year one of the weeks is spent in the village of his family. Its about 2000 people in the village, and they live in traditional mud huts. During … Continue reading

Bamako to Sanankoroba. 250 kilmetres in 28 hours

After the festival I left by flight to Bamako. My actual mission for Mali was to join a workshop of African dance arranged by Sidiki Camara and Brahima Coulibaly. I had already pushed the program one week ahead to join the festival – and I wanted to go to the village where the rest of … Continue reading

Festival au Desert

Festival au Desert was originally an annual gathering and festival for the nomadic Touregs in the north of Mali. The festival was originally held in Essakane, 65 kilometres from Timbuctu – but due to the security issues in north of mali they now arrange it amon the sanddunes just outside the city centre.  If you´re … Continue reading

Bamako to Timbuctu

I got the wonderful opportunity to work as a volunteer for the Festival au Desert through coincidences – and that was for sure one of the things I was really looking forward to in mali. Off to Timbuctu – the plan was to leave early morning. They had rented a bus for some of the … Continue reading

Bamako – first impression and new years celebration.

The trip from Paris to Mali went smooth, though some delay in Paris. Kind of a chaotic airport, and huge! I arrived late at night, and had to wake up someone to get my room at the Sleeping Camel. I had a good nights sleep, and the next day I was ready for exploring  Bamako … Continue reading

Just a small sign of life….

Hi to all of you – I have been out of reach for internet for quite some while now, and when I first get there the tastature is totally messed up compared to what Im used to – so writing takes some time!! I have been to the Festival au Desert in Timbuctu, and that … Continue reading

Just about to leave winter and snow behind for new adventures

When Norway turns too cold its time to leave. This winter I will travel to Mali and Senegal. Tomorrow its time to leave – my bag is packed, and Im ready! I will start out with a few days in Paris – I´ve never been there, so Im looking forward to see some of the … Continue reading