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Mali, West Africa

Come experience it
with Master Dancer/Drummer Sidi Mohamed “Joh” Camara

Winter 2010/2011

Explore and learn the traditional culture, lanuage, music, and dance of the historic Mandé area...

Trips to historic and beautiful Mali will include:

  • Comfortable room and board with 2 meals per day

  • Classes taught by master drummers and dancers

  • Observation of traditional ceremonies

  • Participation in festivals and parties

  • Travel to the historic villages of Mandé, an area just southwest of the capital, Bamako

Check back here or contact Joh for more details about the next trip to Mali.

A Brief History of Mali

The powerful King Sundiata started the great Malian Empire. The Sudanese Republic and Senegal became independent of France in 1960 as the Mali Federation. When Senegal withdrew after only a few months, the Sudanese Republic was renamed Mali. Rule by dictatorship was brought to a close in 1991 with a transitional government and in 1992 when Mali's first democratic presidential election was held. After his reelection in 1997, President Alpha Konaré continued to push through political and economic reforms and to fight corruption. In keeping with Mali's two-term constitutional limit, he stepped down in 2002 and was succeeded by Amadou Touré.

Capital: Bamako

Official language: French

Lonely Planet map of Mali



Sidi Mohamed Camara
10 Marden Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124
(617) 822-3262

Last modified 2 July 2010