A friend from Bangkok just sent an email out spreading the word about a music festival in Mali so thought I’d spread it further. The Festival au Desert takes place in Essakane, Mali, every January. According to an article in the Guardian, the event is “committed to celebrating the culture and history of the Tuareg people, a rebellious, mysterious tribe who, though nomadic, have their roots in the Saharan region of Mali… It’s a festival unlike any other, bringing together performers from all peripheries of the world; there’ll be Inuit throat singers, Catalonian folk bands and countless local Tuareg performers. That’s as well as the odd Nashville country artist or Malian master of the monochord.”
This year’s event has just happened (check out the video) but I know now where I’ll be heading to next January, if the travel stars allow.