Desert festival marks Mali’s 50th anniversary
TIMBUKTU: The 10th edition of Mali’s popular Festival in the Desert is taking place this weekend on the outskirts of the legendary city of Timbuktu in the Sahara desert.
Close to 10 000 music fans, some from as far away as Japan and the US, have joined local Tuareg to hear some of Mali’s and Africa’s biggest music stars perform over three days, including Toumani Diabate; Tinariwen; and Ishmael Lo.
The 10th anniversary of the festival coincides with the launch of Mali’s 50th anniversary celebrations marking its freedom from France.
The event is usually held in the desert at Essakane. But this year the event was moved within 2km of Timbuktu, primarily for security reasons. – Sapa-dpa