"Festival au Désert, january 2003" Lac Faguibine by F_Meignant

Lac Faguibine Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 170 photos

Essakane

Essakane (previously called Farach) is a small Tuareg village in the desert, some 70km West of Timbuktu, close to the dried-up Faguibine Lake. Beautiful dunes of white sand. It's usually where is the "Festival au Désert", a festival of Tuareg and West-African music.

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  • Pros:Atmosphere, Tuaregs...
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  • In a nutshell:I'm singing in the sand...
  • Last visit to Lac Faguibine: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated Oct 22, 2003
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  • Jul 4, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Your description of women's drumming and its symbolism made me cry. I have been away from Africa many years. I worked with the Basubiya, river people of Chobe District, Botswana. They are matrilineal. Safaris tell you nothing about their culture.

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    Jan 13, 2006 at 2:29 AM

    good to read something on tuareg lifstile, the waman and man relationship do to the hard desert life! nice pics

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    Feb 24, 2004 at 10:02 AM

    Amazing! Wonderful! Essuf!

  • Feb 22, 2004 at 11:28 PM

    Pages like this are what made me come to VT in the first places. Dommage there are very few in here... I could picture in my head all those blue men screaming and yelling when the heard the Navajos!

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    Oct 21, 2003 at 4:53 AM

    What a superb, amazing, interesting page! The photos, the stories: thank you, Francois!

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    Oct 21, 2003 at 12:10 AM

    ... great, astonishing, magical, amazing, wonderful ... event, pics, stories....

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