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This is a more than 30 years old photo from Bamako, the capital of Mali. This is my 19th picture on TE from Mali, but to my surprise the first one from Bamako, all the others being from the northern or central parts of the country.

I spent a couple of weeks in Bamako during the winter of 1982 and enjoyed it a lot. Although there was a lot of poverty and human suffering, including a significant number of people suffering from leprosy, it was also a friendly and colourful city with a vibrant street-life and a lot of interesting architecture in a significant colonial Sahelian style.

Bamako was also a city of music, heard at every street-corner, from almost every shop or street-stall. It was in West Africa in 1982, and especially in Bamako, that I got to know modern African music. It was a new experience to me, but I got hooked on it and felt sure that if that music would ever reach Europe and North America it would get just as big as reggae. Today it is - more or less.

I have scanned this from a Kodchrome slide. Another scan showing some typical architecture of Bamako can be seen in a workshop.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3296 W: 295 N: 6820] (36343)
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