Festival in the Desert

 
The battle for Mali's soul is a battle for its music
The battle for Mali's soul is a battle for its music
Nowhere does music have a greater social and political importance than in the vast desert state of Mali. Therefore, it is shocking that it has been...
Musicians in sharia battle for Mali's cultural soul
Musicians in sharia battle for Mali's cultural soul
The pick-up halted in Kidal, the far-flung Malian desert town that is home to members of the Grammy-winning band Tinariwen. Seven AK47-toting...
Are we there yet?
Are we there yet?
Getting to Timbuktu isn't a world-famous joke for nothing, as Lerato Mogoatlhe found out
'Welcome to the middle of nowhere'
'Welcome to the middle of nowhere'
As we tumbled out of the 4x4 on to the white desert sands of Essakane, our shaky legs tried to hold us up.
The Tuareg hustle
The Tuareg hustle
If there is one thing the virgin festival-goer needs to come to terms with, it's the Tuareg sales pitch. It goes something like this:
The Tuareg export
The Tuareg export
Mohammed "Manny" Ag Ansar, founder and organiser of Mali's legendary Festival in the Desert, is an incredibly humble man. This is born out by the...

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