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)
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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).
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Seven international and national exhibitions on the themes: ``« Love»; ``« Dialogue and Cultural Diversity »; ``« Cultural Diversity and National Unity »; ``« African Renaissance »; ``«Democracy and Peace »; ``« Impulses » ;
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Markala Kirango, Banankoro et Pelengana - Kôrè Dugaw - Donsow - Djandjigui - Le Tindé - Canoe Races
Music - Visual Arts - Manual
Masks and Puppets, Markala Kirango, Banankoro and Pelengana - Kôrèdugaw - Donsow - Djandjigui - Ballan Blowers (Ségu Buru jugu mukan ni tan) - Le Tindé - Canoa races
Masks and Puppets -
Markala Kirango, Banankoro and Pelengana
The troupes of villages of Kirango, Tiongoni and Pélengana come from the Ségou region to show us their «sogow», masks and giant puppets often in the shape of animals (soho literally means «animal for hunting», the final «w» indicates the plural in bamanakan).
Rich in symbolism and history, the sogow represent animals and characters that parade and dance in front the villagers during certain ceremonies (beginning of the rainy season and the end of the harvest, circumcision). On these occasions, sogow performances are organised by the «Ton» (youth association) of each village.
Celebrated since the dawn of time, the Kôrèdugaw belong to a much closed type of brotherhood, based on group discipline. The Kôrèdugaw occupy an important place bamanan initiation society of Kôrè. Three traits characterize the ritual behavior of the Kôrèdugaw: a comic nature in their actions, obscene comments, and women’s attire (jewelry, breasts hairpiece, hair).
The brotherhood of Donsow hunters is a powerful organization active in Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina and Guinea. You become a donso by vocation. It is always a great pleasure to meet the Donsow. In the brotherhood of donsow, knowledge is passed from master to disciple. A disciple is only recognized as a new member after an evaluation by his master.
The Djandjigui is a dance from Ségou, popular in bamanan countries for the celebrations of wedding, naming, or any other ceremonies. Traditionally, the Djandjigui is organized after harvests by women to teach young girls chastity and lessons of good behavior in society.
Ballan Blowers (Ségu Buru jugu mukan ni tan)
The «Buru» is made up of five or nine horns and trumps from antelope’s horns, played along and accompanied with two drums. These instruments are parts of specific Bamanan rites: investiture of the village chefs, annual tributes to new brides welcomed in the village and funeral ceremonies. The structure and the execution mode of the Buru of Ballan are secretly kept. The age of current players is between 45 and 84 years.
The Tindé is a traditional tuareg dance performed in the regions of Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal in Mali and Agadez in Niger. The Tindé bands perform during popular events such as marriages, naming ceremonies, etc. The music is mainly played by women while men dance and perform spectacular jumps.
Canoe races are organized every year during the celebration of the National Independence Day on September 22nd by the association of fishermen and fish farmers of Ségou; that association also organizes the canoe races of the festival. This year, five neighboring villages of Ségou will compete.