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Bwazan Interview: i4Africa | Cultural Festivals 4 Peace

This video was filmed in Mali during the month of April 2016 during a series of cultural festivals produced by i4Africa and youth organizers in the towns of Tominian (Segou), Niono (Segou), Djenné (Mopti), & Diabolo (Mopti) in central Mali. The events are part of instruments4Africa’s Cultural Festivals/Sahel Youth Cultural Alliance Project funded by the […]

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La Nuit du Djembe et de Balafon, 2017

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Festival de Krina

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FESFOP 2016/17, Louga, Senegal

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P’tit Bazaar Concert – Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

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INSTITUT FRANÇAIS Bamako – June 15, 2016

INSTITUT FRANÇAIS – June 15, 2016 Bwazan will play an intimate café concert performance at the Institut Français as part of the ‘Les Mercredis du Patio’ program in June.

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Nuit du Djembé et Balafon Festival, 2016

Bwazan Association for Music and Culture is proud to present the first edition of their festival ‘Nuit du Djembé et Balafon’, held at Maison des Jeunes in Bamako, Mali. Our association promotes traditional music, dance, song and instruments, of which are closely related artistic disciplines that exist in Mali, the land of ancient civilisations. Our […]

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Festival: Night of the Kamalen N’goni

Bwazan look forward to participating at this year’s Nuit du Kamalan N’goni Festival, held between the 7th and the 10th of April, 2016. This festival is held in Yanfolila, Mali, and aims to contribute to sustainable development in the region of Yanfolila, Bougouni and Kolondièba through artistic promotion, tourism and culture. This year’s theme is […]

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International Festival of Sinankuya

This week, Bwazan prepare to play for unity, peace and integration at the International Festival of Sinankuya held in Siby, Mali, this weekend. This is a new festival hosted by the the Malian Association of the Sinankuya Promotion.

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FESFOP: International Festival of Folklore and Percussion

Bwazan have the honor of traveling to Louga, Senegal to perform at this year’s FESFOP: International Festival of Folklore and Percussion.

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Balafon and Djembe Duet with Khalifa and Bassidi Koné

Bwazan members, Khalifa and Bassidi Koné play a balafon and djembe duet during rehearsal at Maison des Jeunes, Bamako, Mali.

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P’tit Bazaar Concert, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Bwazan, recently toured to Burkina Faso. Here they perform at P’tit Bazar in Ouagadougou on Nov. 7, 2015.

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P’tit Bazar, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

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International School of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Today, the International School of Ouagadougou (ISO) welcomed Bwazan to their school to perform at their whole-school assembly for staff, students and parents. Bwazan showcased a very percussive, energetic, and powerful set, and engaged students in singing, and call and response clapping activities. Thank you ISO for inviting us to your school and us allowing […]

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Lost In Mali: Compilation Album

We are delighted to have our recent track, ‘An Ka Foli Ke’ included on an upcoming new album called Lost in Mali, which features Mali’s emerging artists. This new album will be released on Oct. 30, 2015. Thank you World Music Network and Riverboat Records!

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Djembe Solo by Bassidi Kone

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SambaLolo Dedicasse, Bamako, Mali.

Bwazan at the SambaLolo Dédicasse, hosted by La Maison Des Jeunes, Bamako, Mali. Master of Ceremonies: Grand Massa Coulou Produced by SambaLolo S.A.R.L., Badalabougou, Bamako, Mali. info@sambalolo.net

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FESFOP, Louga, Senegal (Dec-Jan 2014/2015)

December 27, 2014 – January 3, 2015 International Folklore and Percussion Festival, Louga, Senegal For the second consecutive year, Bwazan participated in FESFOP. This is the second time Bwazan have toured to Senegal since November 2014. They recently participated in numerous festivities in Dakar in honour of President Abdou Diouf (at the 15th summit of the International […]

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Multicultural Festival of Bancoumana.

This is one clip taken from Bwazan’s concert at the Multicultural Festival of Bancoumana (Dec.26-28, 2014). Here they perform the Ivorian rhythm and dance ‘Bwé Bwé. Video courtesy of Freya Manning.

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Bwazan Rehearsal – December, 2014.

Bwazan prepare for their upcoming concerts at the Multicultural Festival of Bancoumana, Mali (Dec. 26-28, 2014) and the International Festival of Folklore and Percussion, Louga, Senegal (Dec. 27 – Jan 3rd, 2015). Bwazan rehears daily, in the late afternoon, at Maison des Jeunes, Bamako, Mali. Video courtesy of Freya Manning.

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Stars of the Bobo Balafon

This is the second in a collection of short films exploring Endangered Musical Traditions and Essential Related Art-Forms in Mali. Directed and produced by Paul Chandler (Instruments 4 Africa) Director of Photography, Video and Sound Engineering: Brian David Melnyk

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ISO, Burkina Faso (Mar. 2014)

In March each year, the International School of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) hold their annual ‘Africa Week’, in celebration of their host country and continent! Throughout the week, students learn about African culture through the discovery of music, art, and storytelling. Throughout the week, members of Bwazan facilitated fun, interactive djembe and balafon workshops for students. […]

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Bwazan Rehearsal, Bamako, Mali. 2014

Bwazan rehearse daily at Maison des Jeunes, Bamako, Mali. Here they rehearse a song from their new album, DENBAGNUMA, released April 2014 (Melbourne, Australia). See ‘Discography’ for more details on this new album. Video courtesy of Mateja Milijacki.

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FESCAURI : SIBY, MALI (Dec. 2013)

The “International Festival of Cauris Mandé” (FESCAURI) is a cultural festival organised by the Association for the Promotion of Culture and Arts of the Mande (APROCAM). The festival is otherwise known as the Cowrie Festival and has become a ‘landmark of Mande’s cultural panorama’. The festival is a platform to build global connections where artistic and cultural […]

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Bwazan at the Institut Français, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, 2012

Video courtesy of Victor Sanon and Freya Manning.

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‘Festival sur le Niger’, Segou, Mali (2011 and 2012)

The Festival sur le Niger is held annually in Segou, Mali and promotes peace, cultural diversity, social cohesion, and national unity in Mali and Africa. During this weeklong festival, Segou becomes the artistic and cultural capital of Mali and the sub-region of West Africa. The festival offers a vibrant and rich program with concerts, workshops, […]

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‘Triangle du Balafon’, Sikasso, Mali (2009 and 2012)

A modern festival devoted to the balafon, is the ‘Triangle du Balafon’, which takes place annually in Sikasso, Mali’s second largest city. This 7th edition of the Triangle du Balafon festival is coupled with Mali’s festival season. The festival is a manifestation and testimony to Mali’s rich cultural activities and is said to be, to […]

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Bwazan avec les Djine (Mali)

This concert was held at Maison des Jeunes (Bamako, Mali) in celebration of the release of Bwazan’s album ‘BADENYA FOLI’ in 2011. This album was recorded live in Bamako by Samba Lolo Productions and released in Boston, USA. Video courtesy of Mateja Milijacki and Malick Sylla. © Samba Lolo

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Bwazan: International Percussion Festival – Bamako, 2011

Video courtesy of Freya Manning.

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‘FESTIPO International Percussion and Dance Festival’, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 2009

Bassidi Koné and Bwazan won the ‘Prix de la Révélation’ award at Burkina Faso’s ‘FESTIPO’ festival in 2009.

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