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Aboubacrine Ag Moha

Music & Handcraft

Mali is the cradle of many musical genres: the blues of late Ali Farka Touré, the buoyant melodies of Habib Koite, the mighty griot voices of Salif Keita and Oumou Sangaré, the breathtaking songs of Boubacer Traoré and Touareg groups like Tinariwen and Tartit. The Malinese music conquered the world, but you can still enjoy it live all over Mali.
From November till March music festivals are organised all over the country. The most famous is "le festival au désert" (the festival in the desert) in Essakane, 60 km north of Timbuktu in first half of January. Also the festival on the River Niger, in Segou, has become a striking festival.
You can find a list of all festivals on and

Malibou's resident is Timbuktu and 'le festival au désert' but it will take you to every festival in Mali you want to. Tell Malibou which festival you want to visit and it will offer you price for an all in formula.

All over in Mali you will find beautiful artisanal utensils. The people of Mali weave, bake, forge and colour and these activities give birth to masks, statues, jewels, cloths, pottery…
Abou belongs to the caste of 'forgerons' within the community of the Touareg. His father teached him the profession of goldsmith. During the 'death season', when there are no tourists, you will find Abou at his anvil. He is the most appropriate person to introduce you into the artisanat of the Touareg and he can open doors for you in the handcraft markets in Mopti and Bamako.

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