Monday, January 16 2006
1 year, 5 month, 25 days
About Travel Photography,
Colors of the World.
Manfred is creator of ThisFabTrek.com, travel photography, a travel blog and a photography blog (a journey since 2004). 'I set out to see the colors of the world, always I try to capture the colors'.
Seeing, is understanding, so I report and photograph, but formost enjoy and live those different conceptions of life (all that TV [and the web] cannot give). I reject jealousy, animosity, bigotry. Be free!
The mind, when pondering at night and always asked those questions. What am I doing in corporate wonderland of bank, university, office or church? Who is the other animal asleep deep inside, the thinker, punk, creative, or Indian, vagabond and healer, maybe artist, writer, photographer, traveler, globetrotter? Oh God, dare you to think. When I saw the lies, gambles and manipulations I follow the old dream and set out for the journey of life lived, the journey to see the colors of the world.
During years on the road I have taken the turns as they came along, and realized one thing: Only such a small part of the planet can be explored and such a vast land and sea mass will always remain unknown, to me; many swamps, jungles, deserts and oceans will never be traveled. But then I am father of twin boys, Daniel and David, my most important, and I show them some of the wonders and colors out there. ThisFabTrek, is ongoing. Photography and Journey, Stories from the Road and Life around the World, in Love and Peace.
Land Rover 44,051km
Other cars 5.336km
www.thisfabtrek.com > journey
Where are we? Central Sub Saharan Africa.
It happenes in Africa.
Artists and Audience.
And people come from far.
That is what I like about festivals.
The mixture, blending of different nationalities, races, people, music.
Each individual becomes an unobtrusive part of a greater whole. For
a couple of days.
Stage for the Festival au désert..
Irish Folk band Aiestar.
Tourists and Tuareg.
Tuareg gathering before sunset.
Festival au désert.
Gathering and show riding...
... against the setting sun.
Getting ready to ride.
Sent off ....
... one by one.
... then go and chase ...
... these tourists.
Watch and be amused of what happens.
The kids are alright
Children on the ...
Festival au désert.
Chasing tourists ...
... a fun game ...
... for rider and dromedary.
Scène Traditionelle, Touareg/Tuareg.
Traditional Touareg//Tuareg dance and musique performed by groups like Tamana
and Tendé. (See a film.)
Men relax, sing, and play ...
Girls sit and dance ...
Some just watch the show ...
More from the concerts
Aiestar, Irish folk.
A bit worried when coming onto the stage.
Celtic and Irish ...
Pub feeling ....
"It took us three days to get here". She introduces the band.
A long way from home. They received a warm welcome. And a bit of Irish
pub feeling wants to disperse.
Markus James and Tinariwen, desert Blues.
Markus James and Tinariwen, Njarka, one string fiddle.
Californian Markus James has been recording with Malian traditional
and Songhai musicians
for many years and it has won him wide acclaim.
Tinariwen (means empty places) is a band of Toaureg tribesmen, a guitar band
formed in Algerian refugee camps.
Vocals alternate between Tamashek
and English rendering a very special note. True cross-over. Wonderful.
More here, and here,
and Markus' remembering
Ali. Interesting as well the Malian
Markus James, slide guitar.
The sung language is Tamashek.
First Touareg guitar band (since 1982).
Great Bassékou Kouyaté and American Leni Stern.
She is the target of ridicule,
dedicates one song to Ali Farka Toure another one to the people of Touareg,
a song that she calls Insha'Allah. She demands sympathy all too obvious
when her guitar playing is just average and her songs flat. An embarrassment.
Poor Bassékou. Guitar Player, Leni Stern's desert
diary. PS. 200802. Her official page.
Bassékou Kouyaté (myspace) is the master of the ngoni/n'goni.
And he has played it since he was a boy. "It was a toy for the
children". Already his father was one of the best players around.
Bassékou is passionate about promoting his mystical instrument.
And he's played it with stars like Carlos Santana ... But read it all
Ngoni player Bassékou Kouyaté, un
Bassékou plays with American guitarist ...
She thinks she's oh so brilliant ...
A great voice.
A desert voice. Beautiful.
Postings by readers don't necessarily represent my own views. I delete what I deem inappropriate. So be fair, don't swear. Discuss photography, travels, places, politics, whatever faintly touches the subject of the page.