This is one of the best festivals of the year, not just the week.
Festival au Desert has roots that go back centuries. What started as an annual gathering among the Tuaregs of Mali now encompasses a celebration of African music and culture and its influence on the rest of the world.
Highlights of this year’s edition include the World music stars Tinariwen who bring back their hybrid of Berber, Arab and Western music; Malian diva Khaira Arby has opened the door to a new generation of female artists with her high-octane voice and outspoken lyrics; and, among international artists, Yurodny stand out with their contemporary interpretations of traditional music from Eastern Europe and the Near East.
Also be sure not to miss the Takamba Dance Competition, a subtle and undulating art form.
Just check out the video and you, too, will feel compelled to begin your New Year in the desert.
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