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Segou, Festival sur le Niger. Preparations.

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Thursday, February 02 2006

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Segou, Mali

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During years on the road I have taken the turns as they came along, and realized one thing: Only such a small part of the planet can be explored and such a vast land and sea mass will always remain unknown, to me; many swamps, jungles, deserts and oceans will never be traveled. But then I am father of twin boys, Daniel and David, my most important, and I show them some of the wonders and colors out there.

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We are in Segou for the 2nd edition of the "Festival sur le Niger" starting on Feb 2nd. We arrive well before to watch preparations unfold.

Nico Legendre
This is Nico Legendre.
Stage in the making.
Stage and beach in the making.

Ismael, artist who designed the stage
Ismaël K. Atsou watching his creation.
Wharf is being washed down
Washing the wharf.
Nico, discussing.
I want a beach, Inacoco, I need more sand.

Julie and Nico New Years eve..
pic New Year's eve, Julie and Nico.

When we return to Segou 24th of Jan. Nico and his team have accomplished a lot of work. The stage is set-up. No lightening, no sound installed yet, but still some days to go till the opening.

Obsessed with the idea of enlarging the space available to the audience he has embarked on a huge task of creating a beach.

"I can put another 500 people on the beach right in front of the stage, and they'd be so much closer, ... good for the atmosphere". He expects so many more people to come this year, the 2nd edition after a pretty good start in 2005.

Mamou Daffe, director of the festival talking to Nico, stage and beach in the making in the background
Pic. early Jan, Mamou Daffe and Nico.

Nico (Legendre) and Julie (Dupas) are professionals in their field, have both studied festival (event) organisation in France. Julie especially is primed re festivals as her stepfather Marco Petenzi was the director of Terre de Couleur for many years. When she was a teenager she had already been involved with all aspects of organising a great festival.

They know their stuff. It's Nico's energetic drive and Julie's calm experience in the back that count.

In 2005 on vacation in Mali, they met Mamou Daffe, director of the Festival sur le Niger, and were hired on the spot for the first edition. Mamou Daffe is a visionary who wants to create something magic, "bring new life to Segou". Julie and Nico were rehired for the 2006 2nd edition of the Festival sur le Niger.

End of January 2006 they look back on 6 month of hard work that will soon culminate in sleepless nights during these last moments of preparation and the time of the festival itself, 2nd to 5th of Feb 2006.

Guardian de la site.
Guardian Moussa.
The entrance.

Tony and Nico
Tony provides the sacks.

The beach! How to? and how to stabilise a beach? Sacks, flower/rice sacks seem the answer! Where from?.

Tony, one of 21 Lebanese in Segou and owner of the most important bakery in the region and friends with Hasna (Arabic brother/sister hood at work) is more then happy to get involved and let us have all of his empty sacks of flower. He uses about 80 for making his bread everyday.

Remains the issue of arranging for enough sand to fill those sacks. The task is arduous as all sand has to be shipped by small boats (pirogues).

Beach work. Nico himself.
"We are gonna have a beach"!
Beach work.
Beach work ...
Beach work.
... is tough work.

A second stage is being constructed, being worked until late. Ismael is the artist responsible for stage design. Yannick is a voluntary/volontaire from France. Salary is a ticket (backstage pass). After the festival poor Yannick falls seriously ill of Malaria. Comes from working all these late hours. Poor man.I am told he is back on his feet.

Biton stage is being constructed.
Second stage.
Biton stage Ismael and Nico in discussion.
Ismaël and Nico.
Yannick work.
Evening over the Niger river.
Evening falls ...
Main stage at night.
... night falls ...
... the work does not stop ...
Hasna and Yannick, night job.
... Hasna and Yannick and guardian.
Ismael, on night stage.
Ismaël, giving last instructions.
Fred walkes the stage.
We meet Fred again.

One evening Fred walks onto the stage, Fred a Frenchman who we have met numerous times before in Mauritania and Essakanne. He is about to end his months of travelling through Africa before flying home soon. Why not some festival action to finish off.

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Preparations going ahead.

Sound arrives.
Let's start sound.
Sound arrives.
and let's get it right.
Sound stage.
Seydoni sound.
Speakers on stage.
Now we have speakers.
Hasna, Malika, Sophie.
Hasna, Malika, Sophie..

When you hear the music for the first time, loud, promising, only hinting at what it will/might be, once everything is tuned - the real act in a few days.

Small stage ready?!.
Biton stage, looking good.
Moussa and tete de vache.
Moussa wants his picture.

Spectator's seating area.
Tribune, but where exactly.
Where exactly?
Salam working for the tribunes.
Salam is Togolais, ...
Salam, his paintings on the pier.
... his paintings on the pier.

BBC is getting involved.
He works for the BBC.
Sound and Speakers carted to stage by donkey..
Sound arrives at the Biton stage..
Girls are taking a break
Girls take a break from work.
Hasna and Very.
Hasna, Vera. Vera works for Seydoni.
Hasna and Very.
Hasna, Vera.

Stage late, curiouse boy.
Not comfortable running in front of lens.
Beach is ready
Stage ready. We have a beach.
Stage and sound is ready
Sound is ready.
Let the show begin.
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