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Posted by on Feb 28, 2007 in Africa, Featured, North Africa | 0 comments

Le Festival sur le Niger, Segou, Mali

Le Festival sur le Niger, Segou, Mali

Le Festival sur le Niger is a music festival that takes place each year in February in Segou, Mali on the banks of the Niger River. The festival attracts people from all over the world to celebrate the music of Mali.

The Koredugaw dancers are clowns who dress up in outlandish outfits and create raucous fun with their dancing and wild antics.

 

Tuareg dancer at the Festival on the Niger, Segou

Tuareg dancer at the Festival on the Niger, Segou

 

Tuareg couple

Tuareg couple

The Tuaregs are a nomadic people living in north Africa. Their energetic dancing reflects their enormous strength and commitment to independence.

The Chasseurs, or Hunters, belong to a closely knit society that traces its origins back to the founding of the Malian Empire in the thirteenth century. They are revered as protectors and as keepers of knowledge about plants, animals, magic, and divination.

Hunters at the Festival on the Niger, Segou, Mali

Hunters at the Festival on the Niger, Segou, Mali

 

This amazing dancer hops on and off a split gourd to the rhythms of the drums and the balafon.

 

Enormous giant puppets sway to the music as they tower over the crowds.

Le Festival sur le Niger is a wildly exciting event in a beautiful setting celebrating both traditional and contemporary music, arts, and crafts.

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