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Founded in 1852, Segou, keeper of one of the most ancient histories of West Africa, capital of the ancient Bambara kingdom, has an undeniable charm which is well worth discovering. Ancient kingdom of culture and tradition, Segou has inspired numerous writers and historians. Among the most famous is Maryse Condé.
Segou is also a region of traditional music and dance. The eigth edition Festival on the Niger, which will take place from 15 to 19 February 2012 in Segou, offers you a unique spectacle, with music and dance from the region, as well as well-known West-African artists, who will play on the river Niger.
This years theme will be : "Creation and Development". The principal program elements will be: a discussion forum (theme: Creation and Development), art expositions (theme: Changing), tales and legends, music and dance, masks and puppets, a craft fair, and workshops.
Through this varied program, the Festival on the Niger offers you an interdisciplinary and intercultural meeting, bringing together people from Segou, Malians and foreigners from all over the world, sharing the same wish: to discover the other and to learn from our differences.
Musical Programmation 2012 :
Salif Keita, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Meiway, Lokua Kanza, King Ayisoba, Habib Koita, Bil Aka Kora, Rokia Traore,Oxmo Puccina, Abdoulaye Traore,Sauti Sol,Becaye Aw, Baba Sissoko, Heather Maxwell, Sousou & Maher Cissoko, Gundrin Holck, Pape Diouf, Kar Kar, Super Biton, Nafi Diabaté, Babani Koné, Mah Kouyaté N°2, Tata Pound, Pawari, Dousou Koulibaly, Mamani Kouyaté, Ismael Wonder, Mylmo, Fati Niame Kouyaté, Soumisy,Saramba Kouyaté, Haira Harby, Balanzan, Koko Dembelé, Nene Sourakassi, Yah Kouyaté......