* Cycle 5: Desert blues: griots and poets of the sands

14 – 17 June 2007


Bringing together 21 major artists of traditional Africa, including the Touareg group Ensemble Tartit, Afel Bocoum, the river poet, and Habib Koité, this multimedia presentation, a mix of live music and video projection, evokes some of Mali’s most beautiful musical traditions. Desert blues, a creation with scenography by Michel Jaffrennou, is a musical journey which puts desert Touareg, Songhai from the Niger loop and Bambara from Mandingo country together on the same stage, to a heady background of ever-changing images ranging from luminous abstraction to the boldly figurative.

4 performances:

Thursday 14, Friday 15, and Saturday 16 June 2007, at 8 p.m.

Sunday 17 June at 5 p.m.

The presentation can be complemented by the ‘Become a griot’ workshop (2 hours, open to all and accessible to the visually impaired). See Cultural Activities and times in the ‘Autumn Programme brochure.


Afel Bocoum - Niger 
Habib Koité - Fatma 
Tartit Tihar - Bayatin

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