Desert fes­ti­val marks Mali’s 50th an­niver­sary

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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

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