5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 Fév 2014
Ségou - Mali


Salif Keita - Mao Otayeck - Cheick Tidiane Seck - Sékouba Bambino - Abdoulye Diabaté - Vieux Farka Touré - Oum - Stelbee - Khaira Arby - Pibo Marquez - MADOU & SAFI DIABATÉ - Kaladjoula Band - Sahel Blues - Néba Solo - Mariam Koné - Super Biton de Ségou - Mylmo - Ben - Zabo - Orchestre Kôrè - Uppertunes (Hollande)


« AFRICAN RENAISSANCE : Challenges and Perspectives »


The International Fair of Ségou was created in order to give the opportunity to local organizations and local producers (Gardeners , craftsmen, farmers, fishermen, traders, etc.) to benefit from the large national and international audience drained by the Festival sur le Niger, to sell their products and to create partnerships.


A Trans-Saharan Sahel project for peace, solidarity and tolerance initiated by three festivals, the Festival au Désert (Timbuktu, Mali), the Taragalte Festival (M’Hamid Elghizlane, Morocco) and the Festival sur le Niger (Ségou, Mali).



art exhibitions

Seven international and national exhibitions on the themes: ``« Love»; ``« Dialogue and Cultural Diversity »; ``« Cultural Diversity and National Unity »; ``« African Renaissance »; ``«Democracy and Peace »; ``« Impulses » ;


Ti chèlbè , of Kettly Noël


Markala Kirango, Banankoro et Pelengana - Kôrè Dugaw - Donsow - Djandjigui - Le Tindé - Canoe Races


Music - Visual Arts - Manual



World Music - MALI


He is one of the artists who promoted African Music in Europe in the mid 80’s. From his French exile, he brought back just what was missing as western instruments and techniques. Salif Keïta was born on August 25, 1949 in Djoliba, Mali in a Malinke family of «Totigi Kuloblen» (pure noblemen).

By choosing to become a singer, he violates an important taboo because, in Mali, only those who belong to the social class of Nyamakalaw can expect to earn their living from music. At the age of 17, the young Salif performs in the cabarets and sleeps under the stars.

Through hard working, the young singer becomes very soon a star that seethes on the most prestigious musical stages. Today, the boiling Salif Keïta has calmed down with the age and, now, he wants to step back and refine his art. While still attractive, his music requires several listening to settle. This is probably called maturity.

Salif and his band are back, for the fifth time, on the stage of the Festival sur le Niger.



Afrojazz / Afrobeat - MALI

Cheick Tidiane Seck, Festival sur le Niger 2014

The Pan-African Pantheon - Most often sideman or bandmaster with multiple connections, the Malian Cheick Tidiane Seck distils his personal projects sparingly. Since his adventures with the «Rail Band», the man with the golden fingers has maybe become the most American of African Jazzmen, near the greatest artists across the Atlantic.

Open to the world, this African «without borders» other than those imposed by papers, is free to go musically where he feels good. Tradition of course, wonderful Mandingo ballads enhanced by the delicious breath of Fulani flutes, but tradition assumed, claimed, released! Tradition dipped in a fountain of youth that without excess situates in the world music scene the word of the old wise of black and white keyboards. He is one among other who was able to best manage the local / global dialectic. Africa is well in our world, no offense to our presidents!

He is the godfather of the Festival sur le Niger. 





Author, composer and performer, also officiating at the famous salsa group Africando and Guinean mythical band Bembeya Jazz, Sékouba Bambino is the most famous bearer of the Guinean culture.

He renovates Guinean griot art by introducing in his music beautiful western influences, combining tradition and modernity brilliantly. The result is a thoroughly modern music but which has kept all its authenticity with the African Mandingo brand with the simple tone of his voice, traditional instruments (flute, balafon, kora) and female choirs.




mandingue / reggae / latino / zouk / rock / funk / celtique - CÔTE D'IVOIRE

Mao Otayeck

Mao Otayeck, the result of a French, Lebanese, Malian, Ivorian and Argentinean blending, is defined as a «4x4 artist». He develops a passion for the guitar since the age of 9 and his technique adapts quickly to different musical styles: Mandingo, reggae, Latin, zouk, rock, funk and even Celtic.

In Paris, his meeting with Cheick Tidiane Seck (maestro of the Mandingo music) and Tony Allen (Fela Kuti’s drummer) marks his professional debut.

In 1993, he joined the Solar System as a bandmaster and guitarist. He thus began a collaboration of more than 10 years with Alpha Blondy. Insatiable, he founded the funk band «Maltax» before embarking on a solo career. On January 1, 2005, Stevie Wonder listens to «Renewal», a hymn to peace in Wolof and English composed by Mao Otayeck.

This is the beginning of an amazing artistic collaboration at the legendary studio Wonderland in Los Angeles, which led to the composition of «Wait» and beautiful harmonica lines on «Carry On». Stevie Wonder also provides his new friend his studio and his team to record the album «Renewal».



Abdoulaye Diabaté - Festival sur le Niger 2014

Singer, dancer, storyteller, actor and first of all griot, Abdoulaye Diabaté is a real man of the stage. He begins music early, sings and plays percussion for wedding and naming ceremonies. Over the years, he developed his musical sensibility by touring alongside his mother in the villages of the region of Ségou.

His career really began in 1975, when he was asked to replace the lead vocal of the «Koulé Star» of Koutiala, the city where he settled. In 1976, he joins the Regional Orchestra of Ségou. Then, he became famous by integrating the «Kéné Star» of Sikasso. Abdoulaye Diabaté records four albums and is awarded the prize of the best Malian Artist in 1994.

For several years now, he works on the musical heritage of his country. Man of the stage, his music takes its magnitude during concerts. With his band that gathers a balafon, percussions, a battery and electric guitars, his music is irresistibly danceable.



Saharan Blues / Rock / Reggae- MALI

Vieux Farka Touré

Boureima «Vieux» Farka Touré, born in 1981 in Niafounké, is a Malian singer and musician and son of Ali Farka Touré. His album Fondo, was chosen to appear in the musical selection of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Village Voice.

He was invited to the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup FIFA. He also shared the stage with other artists such as Shakira, Alicia Keys and K’naan. Vieux Farka Touré connects blues and African and American cultures, and combines modernity and tradition.




Maroccan Saharian Soul- MAROC

Oum, Maroc

Oum El Ghait is the name that the Saharan nomads of Morocco  used to give the young girls born on a rainy day, thinking that it is the luck of the newborn that brings with her water, relief or deliverance, hence the meaning of the name which literally means «Mother of deliverance».

Oum was born in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco and raised in the city of Marrakech. She takes her name from her paternal grandmother Lalla Oum El Ghait Bent Bella .

Oum is an eclectic singer who dares to play soul music mixed with natural influences, such as Hassany poetry (Moroccan desert culture) and African rhythms she considers as the roots of soul, gospel and jazz. Malouma Mint El Maidah, Ella Fitzgerald, Miriam Makeba, Billie Holliday,

Dimi Mint Abba, Aretha Franklin and Eryka Badu are her reference singers. Her first album «Lik’oum» was presented in Casablanca in May 2009. She is considered as one of the major voices of the Moroccan female scene. Since September 2010, she is working on her second album «Sweerty», «Whowa» the first single from the second album was released with a video clip in January 2010 . In «Harguin», second single from her album, released in July,

Oum invites the artist Blitz the Ambassador for a North Africa / West Africa collaboration on the theme of illegal immigration sub-Saharans. A recent Sweerty album was released in September 2011.




World Music - BURKINA FASO

Stelbee, Burkina Faso, Festival sur le Niger 2014

Originally from Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Stella Aïcha Sagnon has emerged as a key new roots artist. When listening to her voice, we can understand how Stelbee is a real artist who believes in what she sings. Born into a family where religion plays an important role, she develops very young her passion for Reggae.

She left her native Burkina Faso at the age of 16 years for her studies in Senegal. Full Yardie of vibes, she performs in various sound systems and live concerts accompanied by The Wranglers.

She also performs with hip-hop artists. But her love for reggae takes over and thanks to her songs she imposes herself the best ways in the world of reggae and dancehall. Her live performances, at the Music Festival live on Canal Info News allows her to show the full extent of her talent. Spectators of the Fête de la Musique in 2009 still remember. Moreover, the artist Stelbee is a consultant in operating performance, sings in three languages namely French, English and Swahili, one of the most spoken languages in Africa.



Blues - MALI


She was born on September 21, 1959, in Timbuktu, in a Berabichetamachek family. Khaira began music in 1970, when she was only eleven years old. She began her public appearances with a cultural band of Abaradjou, and made such an impression that she was soon recruited by the Band of the region of Timbuktu.

Later in the same year, she is promoted soloist with the Regional Band of Gao, for the Cultural and Artistic Biennial of Mali. Khaira was awarded the third prize of soloist, best vocal performance.

Her rising musical career was shortened.

In 1976, when her father, frustrated to see that Khaira gave up her studies for music, he forbad her to perform. Khaira obeyed, left Timbuktu Orchestra, gave up music and get married. Seven years later Khaira is back, and until then, her voice runs freely.





Pibo Marquez - Festival sur le Niger 2014

Pibo Marquez was born in Caracas in 1966. Very young and encouraged by his family, he has a passion for music. At the early age of 8, he started playing in folk groups and continued his training at the famous school of Cristo Rey, where he affirms his preference for Latin America percussions.

With various experiences, especially in the famous Grupo Madera, Marquez begins to open to other musical styles such as salsa and Latin jazz. In 1998, he was hired as the percussionist of the orchestra Alfredo de la Fe, and soon after, the famous guitarist Carlos Santana commissioned some songs and asked him to accompany him on a tour. Over the recent years, the group of which he is the director becomes one of the most popular performers at European Latin jazz festivals.



Blues / Rock / World Music - MALI





Sahel Blues, Festival sur le Niger, Segou, Mali

An exciting mix of traditional and modern music

The three virtuous: Mama Sissoko (Guitar), Assaba Dramé (N’goni) and Brolda Diabaté (Kora) revive the traditional sounds, allowing the discovery of the Soninké and Kassonké musical diversity.

Various rhythms unite to give a unique sound in its kind, and let listeners travel deep into the musical poetry of the Sahel ... through time and space. 




Neba Solo, Festival sur le Niger 2014

Philippe Conrath, director of the festival Africolor, hears about the group and decides to invite it to one of its «Manding nights» in 1998. He then recorded a first album, «Kénédegou folly», under his record label Cobalt. Neba Solo performed then at several European festivals, where he met the DJ Frederic Galliano, during his search for new African sounds.

Neba Solo’s songs have been remixed both by Dj Frederic Galliano, as well as by Jeff Sharel, and were released in the year 2000 on the maxi «Fikyiwa 00».

In 2001, Neba Solo and his brothers created Falak, a collaboration with the family trio Chemirani - an innovative blend of Iranian and African rhythms. But the young man did not neglect his country and when business becomes serious, the one who contributed to turn the balafon into the most popular traditional instrument currently in Mali, gets involved.

In 2002, he dedicated one of the songs from his album to the African Cup of Nations, because «it is a national issue».

Néba Solo also composed a song dedicated to the Festival sur le Niger, a song that he introduced to audiences in our first edition in 2005.




Madou & Safi Diabaté performing at Festival sur le Niger 2014


Mamadou Sidiki Diabaté well-known as Madou Sidiki is a kora virtuoso and one of the best of his generation. Son of the master Sidiki Diabaté and younger brother of the famous Toumani Diabaté, he is from the 71st  generation of kora players in his family. From his first steps, at the age of 6 years alongside his father at the Cultural Center of Bobo Dioulasso to now today, Madou has traveled around the world in search of unusual musical encounters (Cheick Tidiane Seck, Will Calhoun, Dee dee Bridgewater, Alex Wilson, Damon Albarn, etc.) without giving up his Djeli inheritance alongside his wife the diva Safi Diabaté. His third album is in preparation in the Kôrè studio of the Foundation Festival sur le Niger and he performs currently in a Quintet formula with his band Griot Groove.



Mandinge / Soninke / Peul - MALI

Mariam Koné, Festival sur le Niger 2014

A blend of Mandingo, Fulani and Soninko rhythms. Finalist in the RFI Discoveries Award 2013.

After winning the Competiton Talent of the City organized by SMARTS Ségou in partnership with the Festival sur le Niger, Mariam Koné received all promises made by the organizers. Her album «Dakan», an album of 10 tracks was recorded by the Kôrè studio of Ségou.

Between contemporary and traditional music, Mariam Koné has all the assets to become one of the next great voices of Mali. Her universe inspired by the Mandingo and R’n’B music has found its bearings in the hip-hop scene where she multiplied collaborations, alongside the famous group, including Bamakool.




World Music - MALI

Super Biton de Segou

SOURCE: Rfi Music

The Super Biton is one of the greatest Malian Orchestras of the 70s. This band came from the merger of «Ségou Jazz» and «The Renaissance of Ségou». Its repertoire is mostly inspired by the Bamanan tradition and rhythmic of the bonjalan and the bara. The Super Biton was awarded five times in a row as the Best Orchestra during the Mali Cultural and Artistic Biennial.

Recognized internationally, the Super Biton still amazes us for over thirty years. Deeply rooted in the Bamanan cultural heritage, source of its most epic creations, the band, in a languorous rhythm that can only be inspired by the waves of the Niger River in Ségou, is still climbing the ladder to the top of Malian music.




AfroBeat - MALI

Ben Zabo, Festival sur le Niger 2014


Malian guitarist and Afrobeat singer, Ben Zabo whose real name is Aruna Moussa Coulibaly, sees music as the vehicle to transmit a message of love, peace and cohesion between people.

While his family already imagines him as a pharmacist, he prefers dreaming about stages and melodies. Despite all the criticisms from his relatives, Ben went ahead.

A divine encounter allows him to go to the studios and to release his debut album. His music is full of pulpy African rhythms, settled by afrobeat, funk, rock and jazz tones. An organic disc, presented as a message of love, peace and cohesion between people.




Rap - MALI


Mylmo started rap with his older brothers in 2000. But especially attracted by the flow of Ramses from the Tata pound band, Mylmo began writing for himself first and then he began his career in 2007 by featuring with his brother Marechal Doudou.

In 2009, he began to sketch his album project with Maliba Production which will result on February 15, 2011 in the release of «Wilibaly» or Truth with 15 titles including a flagship title : «Bandiougou».

He followed with a featuring with French rapper Canardo in the title «Bko» as Bamako and a remix of «krav maga» the French rapper La Fouine. A hit album that is in all phones which makes the artist one of the most listened.




World Music - HOLANDE

Uppertunes - Holland - Festival sur le Niger

 The musicians of Uppertunes - Peter van Raamsdonk, Gerard Fritsma and Erik van der Weijden - combined a long-term cooperation in the African orientation music, with light jazz music.

Their travels in Africa are an inspiration to their music. And they made concert tours in Sénégal, Burkina Faso and Benin. They performed at the Saint Louis Jazz Festival in 1999 and Jazz à Ouaga in 2009. The distribution of all-bass, alto saxophone and drums - offers many possibilities for combining jazz harmonies with subtle African rhythms.

The music is a pleasure for the ears, and the delicate structures provide enough opportunities for listeners to be the witness of musical and adventurous escapades. Musical fabrics that each musician can make individually offer much sound variation and a consistent rhythm. Sometimes the rhythms add to the famous melodies of jazz: the result is a contemporary music based on the African-American tradition, but it has its own character.




Orchestre Kôrè, Ségou Mali au Festival sur le Niger 2014


The Orchestre Kôrè is a new musical group created in Ségou in April 2011 by the fusion of several young musicians with the support of the Kôrè Cultural Center.

The group consists of six musicians and animates parties and celebrations. The Orchestre Kôrè plays a mixture of traditional and modern rhythms, a Malian musical repertoire where the sounds of the kamalen, the ngoni, the kora, the guitar, the balafon, the djembe and the Guita (calabash) unite and provide an amazing sound.

The Orchestre Kôrè will perform on the Saturday show, alongside with other groups from Ségou, such as Pawari and Abloni Sora of Donsow.