Mali pre-trip

I am mostly caught up with this blog, though I have a few pieces in the works for when I return. The next time I write will be in mid-January after returning from Mali where I am headed in a few days.

I am meeting Jess, the Fogarty scholar in Mali, for a trip of a lifetime. A group of 9 of us are meeting in Bamako and heading by pinasse (unique canoe) up the Niger River to Timbuktu and disembarking there to go to Essakane, home of the Festival au Desert West African music festival in the Sahara. For more information visit: http://www.festival-au-desert.org/.

During the trip we will meet people in Dogon country and Touareg nomads, to name two legendary groups of the region. We will visit a spectacular mud mosque and see the “Venice of Mali” – the town of Mopti. We will get to experience the music of Mali and the surrounding nations in an intimate, unforgettable venue. There will be no shortage of stories from this trip as a Fogarty student who went last year assured me. Until those stories are told… have a safe and blessed New Years.

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