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Festival sur le Niger, 2008, Segou, Mali.

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About Travel Photography,
Colors of the World.

Manfred is creator of ThisFabTrek.com, travel photography, a travel blog and a photography blog (a journey from 2004 to 2013). '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!

Manfred in the desert of the Western Sahara

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, Photography and Journey, the Stories from the Road and Life around the World, stopped in August 2013 after more than 9 years, Love and Peace.

Last vehicle.

G20, Chevy Gladiator.

Chevrolet Gladiator G20, The boys in Cordillera Blanca, Peru.
The boys and Chevy van, Peru.

The G20, the vehicle that came to me for the Americas adventures.

6 wheeled Land Rover.

Land Rover Defender 6x6
Link to Foley

The vehicle of the Africa adventures, a Foley 6-Wheeled Land Rover Defender.

Before, the MB307.

Manfred and MB307
Journey, Middle East.

The vehicle of the Middle-East and North-Cape Journeys. See all vehicles.

Daniel and David with nanny Aisha, the best we ever had, black African Woman carrying white twin babies, in Bamako, Mali.

Land Rover 56,608km

Trekking 335km

Ferry 1,514km

Train 238km

Other cars 43,399km

Travel Blog

contains Festival/Fiesta/Art photography.

"There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo.

"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it, to tell the tale." Living to Tell the Tale - Gabriel García Márquez.

"They never taught wandering in any school I attended. ... they never taught the art of writing a book, either. It's all so mysterious."
"Wandering is an art in itself. Wandering and writing don't mix"
"Writing demands commitment and if one thing your wanderer is allergic to is that very quality of commitment, for once one is committed he runs that very risk of failure ..." Wanderer - Sterling Hayden.

"Photography enables you to grasp a place first time round. ... Photography is a means of exploration, it's a vital part of travel, almost as essential as a car or a plane. " - Wim Wenders.

"The worst prejudice we acquire during our youth is the idea that life is serious. Children have the right instincts: they know that life is not serious, and treat it as a game..." , Egon Friedell.

"How far you gonna go. Before you lose your way back home" - Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Achtung Baby, U2.

"If you want to be a hero well just follow me." - Working Class Hero, John Lennon.

"When I think of all the things I have done, I know that it's only just begun." - I love you, Lou Reed.

"One does not escape the Sahara - the Sahara let's you go or not" - Touareg.

"Planet earth is blue and there`s nothing I can do" - This is Ground Control to Major Tom, David Bowie.

"Glory for the crazy people/in this stupid world" - Ahmed Fouad Negm.

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Festival sur le Niger, 2008, 4th edition, Segou, Mali, sunset and pirogue.
Festival sur le Niger.
Sunset and pirogue, Niger River.
Pirogue, sunset.
Sunset and pirogues, Segou, Mali
Niger, Segou, Mali.

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Habib Koité and Bamada.

Official page. There is a new CD, Afriki, since I have seen him 2 years ago. He is the comrade, the likable star here, and he goes off stage, unintendedly into the water, a near swim. His music Malian folksiness, jazzy, bluesy, all we have come here for.

Habib Koite, Festival sur le Niger, 2008, 4th edition, Segou, Mali.
Habib Koite.
Habib Koite.
Habib Koite.
Habib Koite, guitar.
Habib Koite.
Segou, Mali, Habib Koite.
Habib Koite, stage.
Habib Koite, Mali.
Habib Koite.
Habib Koite.

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Boubacar Sidibe.

Second guitar to Habib Koité.

Boubacar Sidibe harmonica.
Boubacar Sidibe.
Boubacar Sidibe in Habib Koite Bamada band.
Festival sur le Niger, Boubacar Sidibe.
Boubacar Sidibe electric guitar.
Boubacar Sidibe guitar Mali.

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Mangala Camara.

He is really cool, has style. And his music is a big discovery for me this year, what a voice. There is a long interview in French on Maliweb. He is a griot.

Mangala Camara.
Mangala Camara.
Festival sur le Niger, 2008, 4th edition, Segou, Mali, Mangala Camara.
Mangala Camara.
Mangala Camara, mic.
Mangala Camara.
Festival sur le Niger, 2008, 4th edition, Segou, Mali, Mangala Camara, on stage.
Mangala Camara, bold head.
Mangala Camara, 2008, Segou.
Mangala Camara, on stage green light.
Mangala Camara magenta.
Mangala Camara.
Mangala Camara.
Mangala Camara, famous hat.

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Abdoulaye Diabaté.

Griot, megastar in Mali.

Abdoulaye Diabate, Festival sur le Niger, 2008, 4th edition, Segou, Mali.
Abdoulaye Diabaté.
Abdoulaye Diabate, chanteuse, singer.
Chanteuse, Mali.
Female Malian singer.

singing for him...

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Madina N'Diaye.

Blind female Malian kora artist/songwriter. (myspace)

Madina NDiaye, kora musician/singer, Festival sur le Niger, 2008, 4th edition, Segou, Mali.
Madina N'Diaye
Madina NDiaye, kora player.
Madina N'Diaye

A lot more from Segou, turn page.

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