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Scenes from West Africa

This was a “waiting in airports” project. Not much in the way of beautiful hd footage or general cinematography, but I hope you can appreciate some of these scenes, many of which include dancing children. If not, just close your eyes and listen to the music: “Sabali” by Amadou & Mariam (see a previous post about music in Mali for more on them). Sabali means patience in Bambara. Throughout the song, Mariam tells us that patience is worth everything. With that in mind, have some patience when you watch the video, and don’t read into it too much.

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Next up: a bus ride from Bamako to Dakar. Or something else. Maybe a look at the massive thunderstorms that form in the Sahel around this time of year. Hmmm.

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  • Kyle July 21, 2011, 12:45 pm

    Nice work, man. Makes me want to head that way.

    • phil July 22, 2011, 5:41 pm

      thanks kyle. Let me know when you’re coming :)

  • Brendan van Son July 21, 2011, 4:00 pm

    Love it mate… I can’t wait to get to Western Africa… looks brilliant

    • phil July 22, 2011, 5:42 pm

      you too? awesome. you and kyle can meet me in Mali. Deal?

  • Kitty Antonik Wakfer July 21, 2011, 7:30 pm

    Got a real kick out of the 2 little girls and the cat on a (hot) tin roof… Chuckled with both, and enjoyed the rest :)

    • phil July 22, 2011, 5:43 pm

      Hey Kitty, glad you liked it. Oh crap, I’m watching it now and realizing that part of the cat got off as did the end of the song!! :(

  • Mack Reynolds July 27, 2011, 10:46 am

    those little girls are cute. i actually recognized part of this song from when they started saying “sabali” the way they did. nas sampled it in a song he did with junior gong marley. very cool to hear the original.

    • Mack Reynolds July 27, 2011, 10:52 am

      the song is called “patience” if you’re interested.

      • phil July 27, 2011, 3:56 pm

        Yep, the nas song samples “sabali,” which appropriately means “patience” in bambara :) It’s a great sample, Mariam has such a unique voice.

  • pam August 2, 2011, 3:30 pm

    Phil,
    Found you via your Hobart St. story. In fact, sitting on Hobart St. right now.
    We like your musical selections from Africa…
    Send us some audio and we will post them on JUiCYHEADS!
    Pleasant travels.
    Thanks.
    Pamela Heller
    Editor in Chief

    • phil August 2, 2011, 9:59 pm

      Hi Pam,
      Oh nice!! Do you live on Hobart? I was just visiting a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for the heads up, I will check out the site.
      Take care,
      Phil

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