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- 1) The 'Festival in The Desert' is a celebration of the musical heritage of the Touareg, a fiercely independent nomadic people.
- 2) Reaching it tests endurance, with miles of impermanent sand tracks to negotiate.
- 3) It is held annually near Essakane, an oasis some 40 miles north-west of Timbuktu, the ancient city on the Niger River.
- 4) The reward of navigating this rough terrain comes in the form of a three-day feast of music and dance.