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MALI IS MUSIC... and 

The tam-tam is Mali's heartbeat.
The kora sings of the river Niger, her lyrical soul
and the electric guitar cries out
of the harsh beauty of desert life.

Mali is two countries in landscape, culture, and history linked by the great River Niger. North, the electric guitar of the desert - the Tinariwen sound - and south the kora and acoustic guitar of the river region - the Ali Farka Touré sound.

The heterogenous south, where the Bambara share the land along the River Niger with Fulani nomadic pastoralists, the animist Dogon, Bozo fishermen and agriculturalist Songhai. And the homogenous north where the Sahara desert has been home to the nomadic Tuareg for thousands of years.

These two worlds have, for hundreds - even thousands - of years, met and traded at Timbuktu, where the Sahara meets the River Niger and sub-Saharan Africa. My Mali trips describe these two different worlds.

The festival tours concentrate on the south - Bamako, Djenne, the Dogon Country, the Niger River and Timbuktu. My desert trips take you to the north, deep into the Sahara desert to the most important remaining cultural heartland of the Tuareg, the Valley of Tillemsi and the Adrar Des Iforas mountains in the region of Kidal

See more information below.

 

Caravan of Peace | Festival in the Desert Feb 2013

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Festival On The Niger
Tuareg Desert Safari

 

 

 

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Price Guide

€200 per person per day

Best Time to Visit

All year. Rains are June-Sept, but not a bad time to travel Mali.

The river is generally too high Aug-Oct

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Related Links

Caravan of Peace | Festival in the Desert Feb 2013

More on Mali
Festival On The Niger
Mali by River Niger

Tuareg Desert Safari

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