Moussa Traore invites you to Bamako, Mali, to study drum and dance. You will live in the village of Fadjiguila, just 1 mile outside the capital city of Bamako. You will have time to explore Bamako, to visit the colorful street markets, to
participate in traditional ceremonies and you will get to experience,
first-hand, the traditional context of the rhythms and dances.
Moussa will teach the drum classes and former members of the National Ballet
of Mali will teach the dance classes. If you are interested on learning other
instruments or crafts, Moussa can arrange classes for you.
Your stay will include an overnight excursion into the bush to visit
the villages. There you will experience the customs of village life and meet
some of the most knowledgeable djembe drummers and dancers in the country. We
will also spend a few days visiting the Dogon country, to experience their
unique ceremonies and mask dances.
The trip duration is 3 weeks, August 8
– 29, 2009. If you
want to go for a shorter time or stay
longer, please talk to Moussa about it.
The cost of the trip is
$1,500 for 3 weeks and includes:
- Three meals a day
- Transport to and from the airport in
Mali, and all organized trips to the villages
- Daily dance and drum classes
- Trips to traditional ceremonies
You will arrange your flight to Mali. Air
France and Air Morocco have flights to Bamako.
You will need a valid passport and a visa. For the visa
application, contact the Embassy of Mali (www.maliembassy.us,
Proof of yellow fever immunization is required. Other
immunizations and medications are recommended. You can check the CDC