ESSAKANE, 2009

Essakane, Mali, Festival au Desert

Essakane, located in the Sahara nearby Timbouctou, is the location of Festival au Desert. Festival au Desert is a 3-day musicfestival with Malinese and West-African blues and Afropop.

The music traditions go back for centuries and are an important factor in the identity of the «griots« (musicians, poets), Bedouins and the local population. The origins of the jazz and the blues can be found in the music from West-Africa.

For this photo-serie I focussed on the audience instead of the stage and the musicians. The people in the audience are lightened up in the nightly «chaos« during the shows.

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