Desert Festival

  • 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.
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