starlight

On the last visit, in the fall, we spent a few days in Podor, a small colonial town that sits in the interior of Senegal on the banks of the river. It had been about two years and everyone was…

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da art of storytellin

The hodou, the traditional Pulaar guitar, is often used to tell a story. And perhaps one of the best known modern storytellers in Mauritania was musician Saïdou Ba: Saïdou Ba - Sayglare "Born in 1939 in Daou (in the commune…

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Moonlight in the Gold Port

Lewlewal de Podor - Jamfa I met the group Lewlewal in 2009 (previously). I had been in Nouakchott for four months and needed a break. Driving on the road to Fouta Toro, the Northern region of Senegal, the temperature increased…

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wandekadde

Amadou Binta Konté - Simba, ma jata limi Amadou Binta Konté has played the five stringed Hoddu for over 40 years. He's not a musician, but a cuuballo, one of the fishermen living alongside the Senegal river as it cuts…

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