Les Componentes du Festival sur le Niger
Les Festival sur le Niger, Ségou, Mali
THEATER AND STORYTELLING
MUSICAL TALE WITH KARY BOGOBA COULIBALY alias MADOU WOLO: ‘‘BAZOUMANABA CISSOKO, THE LION’’
The musical tale proposed by comedian and musician Kary Bogoba COULIBALY alias Madou Wôlô reflects the patriotic fight of Djéli BazoumanaBa, from Independence to the military and political upheavals that enameled the life of the young nation, Mali. Madou Wôlô offers us an artistic and melodious reading of the patriotic and chauvinistic songs that made the greatness of Mali and de facto forged the type of citizen wanted for the greatness of Mali. The patriotic fiber that has a place of choice in the musical work of the ‘‘Old Lion’’ can and must today, in the current context, be the substratum that will be used to build a new Malian citizen.
ACTE SEPT: “CUTTING THE HAIRS IN FOUR”
CUnlike most of his generation, Mohamed is not an artist only on paper; he assumes himself. He claims his revolt and he fully engages. After his training as a comedian dancer at the Conservatoire, he does not hesitate to follow a hairdresser training. But, he is confronted with a gossip; Is he not a homosexual? Why would he want to take care of ladies’ hairstyles? He is forced to ally with Zaliatou to rent a studio, but the rumor swells...
THEATRICAL TALE «SU-KIANA, A PETITION FOR PEACE» CO-CREATION OF ASSOCIATIONS SAC À PAROLE FROM MALI AND IMINRO & KATOULATI FROM BENIN
The wise people are used to saying that peace is not an empty word, but a behavior. This text, entitled «SUKIANA,
A PETITION FOR PEACE», is a story inspired by the legend of Bilissi, whose birth has created all kinds of fears and anxieties in Macina and throughout the Mandingo area. Excerpt from the text: «The boy was born with a huge head and particular signs on his body: his head was five times the size of a normal human head; his two legs were white to the knees; both arms were white to the elbows; his face was white from forehead to chin; and the rest of his body was black, black as a black cat”.
CÔTÉ-COURT COMPANY: ‘‘DENY AND DENISTAR’’ A TEXT OF SALIMATA TOGORA, MALIAN WRITER
DENY AND DENISTAR, everything opposes Deny and Denistar. Deny is a 28-year-old woman and Denistar, a 29-year-old pregnant prostitute. The first is still living with her parents, where she has to submit to her mother, the second in the street where she is having trouble finding clients. The first, sentimental and dreamy, is desperately in love with Bouba. The second, disillusioned, likes to read the poems of the poet Leon Gontran Damas. Yet, they are the same person.
How to be a citizen, a good citizen, a responsible citizen, concerned and conscientious about the future of the city, of humanity? The case of Mali is staged by Alioune Ifra N’Diaye through the musical performance ‘Horon’.
From an essay on citizenship or «rather the lack of citizenship in Mali» as he prefers, the author tries to explain the widespread emergence of «Banyengoya», this penetrating egoism that has been involved for some time in the construction of the Malian type. In the performance, the author bases his reasoning on a fundamental Mandingo philosophy which states that the human being has been endowed by nature, the creator, with three fundamental faculties that the Mandingo symbolize by the three eggs according to their form and their consistency : love vulgarly called sex (ko kili in Mandingo to signify the testicles from which resides the procreative liquid which, injected in the woman, allows the happy and bloomed procreation), the brain (ha kili) to reflect on its acts and the knowledge, (don kili) the seed of the knowledge to have morality, conscience.
TACEM ASBL FROM DRC “AND THIS WAS NOT THE CASE?”
The most pronounced name is certainly Jesus, and the most widely read book in the world is the Bible. This sometimes leads to contradictions in practice and use. More than two thousand years after Christ and nearly one
thousand five hundred years after the publication of the Bible, we have the clear impression that people do not yet
know Jesus and the Bible is not yet understood. Even though the Bible, the book that speaks of Jesus par excellence,
states that it is not appropriate to quote the name of Jesus without reason, this does not prevent men from taking
this name as a kind of magic key that will have to open all doors even that closed tightly. It is understood that men,
at least the majority, think that the name of Jesus is the panacea. So, do you cross your arms hoping and waiting
for the manna to fall from the sky? In the meantime, the smartest than others exploit the fervor and naivety of the
faithful and live on the backs of these. Hence the creation of a kind of latent trade focused around the name Jesus
and the Bible, the implantation of the culture of the resignation of men of their destiny to God, before the wars that
invade the country, in front of the epidemics which ravage the populations, in the face of discrimination, injustice,
rape, theft, killings; we bend our knees and shout at name of Jesus. And surprisingly, even thieves seek the help of
heaven before committing their crimes. We have to think. It is necessary to lay the foundations of a questioning.
THEATER TOGO/BURKINA FASO : ‘’LA MACHINE À FOU ‘’
A creation project of the Lan-Do Association (Togo) and the Lin’lain Company (Burkina Faso) born from the collaboration between two Maaya Entrepreneurs. This performance is animated by two young talents from the sub-region Tiem Mimpaguib from Togo and Srephane Balouri from Burkina Faso. We are all
sleepwalkers. It does not matter how we dream. The obstacles are waiting for us all. But who no longer dreams is dead. I like dreaming, standing or lying, sitting ... I have to keep dreaming. In my dreams I see numbers and money. The same numbers and a lot of money. And throughout my body, in my head, too, I feel the wealth coming finally. I also hear voices: we have won! We won! And I say to myself: go ahead...