Butterfly blues

butterfly with brown and sparkling blue wings

Butterfly blues

News
This year it is looking increasingly unlikely that any of our regular guests will be able to make it out to us in Kafountine this season. The travel restrictions, testing…
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Looking out over the bush from the roof terrace Kafountine

Kafountine Bliss!

News
We’re back in Kafountine!  Adam and I usually leave here in April and come back in October but this year everything was turned upside down, as it was for everybody. …
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people lerning kora around a roaring fireplace

Fireside Kora

News
Due to CoVid and various countries quarantine requirements, many of our regular students were not able to join us.  Because restrictions can be applied very quickly, until we actually started…
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A group of kora players at a workshop in a tent

Missing WOMAD?

News
Right now we should be in a tent in the Charlton Park arboretum tuning hundreds of strings and showing festival goers how to hold and play the kora (well it…
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Griot film poster

Griot (2011)

Films
A highly praised, celebratory documentary of the tradition by the trumpeter, composer and director  Volker Goetze, colleague and friend of Senegalese Ablaye Cissoko
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Bamako (2007)

Feature film, released at Cannes Film Festival surrounding a trial in Bamako. Deals with corruption and globalisation in relation to the current financial state of many poverty-stricken African countries. Buy…
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