Thursday, June 22 2006
1 year, 11 months
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 47,032km
Other cars 12,443km
On our journey back down south ...
Map: Journey Vienna to Essaouira.
... to Bamako, Mali we are in Morocco. Time
is on our side, the Festival
de Gnaoua et du musique du monde 2006, its 9th edition is about
to being staged in Essaouira. Not far away
from where Hasnas' large family live.
Essaouira is full of memories - as we have spent a wonderful time
here last year just a month after Hasna and I had met.
Last year I made a bit of an effort describing the 2005
festival, the musicians, the instruments and the so wanted fusion thing.
As wannabe photographer then I was stuck with the crowed, with the
crazy, the thieves, the faux-guides, and all
those who had just come to listen to some of the best World music.
But with the experience gathered from the Mali festivals in Segou
confidence now is on my side. I step into the press office in Essaouira
and demand my badge as a photographer.
And it is quite something taking pictures here - just in front of
the stage - only a few metres away from the musique
that I fell in love with.
Maâlem Hassan Boussou (Casablanca).
The young are taking over.
dry but fantastic start.
It's really them and their castanets.
Matthieu Michel (Switzerland / trumpet).
Just I don't know why jazzers, foremost the best of the
world always hide. Like Michel, sits in front of his mate's drums. Oh
yeah, Scott Kinsey (USA / Piano), plays/played with Sting, I rarely
get a glimpse of him. This is like an also runs ... / hides behind his
But the opening act is absolutely fabulous. This is quality
stuff, the fusion I have been hoping for is happening, wow! swinging,
storming, rocking - all, especially once the Malian balafon joins in
... listened to Gnaoua music for a year, now this is real, mind blowing.
Very promising what may lie ahead these next 4 days
But where is Scott Who ?????????
P.S. 2006/10: Scott Kinsey was of course great. There is a little excerpt on his myspace page of the opening
concert. "That's a groove!!!"
Hassan Boussou getting ...
Maâlem H'mida Boussou.
Interesting page, describing
the Gnaoua movement since the times of slavery and H'mida's carreer
H'mida Boussou ...
... has voice.
Old man ...
Old man / golden voice man.
with his son Hassan.
View between monitors - how much closer can I get?
Stefano Di Battista.
The late night jazz act. Happy to be here! And he explains
what might happen (Italiano) "when we mix with
Stefano Di Battista, Italy.
awaiting the Gnaouas to join in.
Stefano Di Battista, Hassan Boussou.
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