Thursday, February 04 2006
1 year, 6 month, 13 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 45,508km
Other cars 5.336km
www.thisfabtrek.com > journey
Bassékou Kouyaté and Amy Sacko
I saw him in Essakane
... In Segou he brings his beautiful talented wife Amy Sacko. The band
is called Samagéra.
PS 2006/09, I actually think Amy Sacko was on in Essakane as well.
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 mysthical instrument.
And he's played it with stars like Carlos Santana ... But read it all
There is an interview with Amy Sacko in French on Malikounda.
Bassékou's beautiful wife.
"I play in my husbands band, ...,
... my husband is my manager".
3 N'goni pre-show tuning.
Crowd, watching, clapping, breastfeeding a baby.
Tamani, talking drum.
Ami Sacko, full of humor.
Fousseyni Kouyaté, bass n'goni.
Earlier in the day
Watching the traditional Touareg dance performance again after Essakane.
Women play the music while the men dance and perform spectacular jumps.
Tindé usually perform at a baptising or a wedding, and that
is essentially how the event unfolds. It's a family event, children
and elder are part of it. Lucky they because they are sitting under a tent,
while I am getting roasted in the sun.
Suddenly all the audience interests shifts away from Tindé.
Everyone rushes to the pier where a number of pirogues are heading towards
the bank of the river.
Boatraces have been tradition for a long time, - and of course there
are heated discussions on who is going to be the helmsman.
... the issue.
Forming a team.
I have my crew.
The winner is ...
Crowd is watching. Business stops for a moment.
Some song/singer/dancer (griot) contest.
On the occasion of Segoubara, a majestic dance traditionally
performed on occasions of festivities.
They all can sing well ...
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