West Africa Rhythm & Roots Tour

Take a truly memorable musical journey through the fascinating countries of Mali and Burkina Faso, the historical heartland of music and a major influence on Western styles, such as blues and jazz.

From experiencing masked dance ceremonies in Bobo, to listening to world class African performers at the Festival of the Niger in Segou, this is a unique adventure encompassing the music and sights of West Africa. This special West Africa Rhythm & Roots tour departs Bamako on 20 January 2011. For those who would like to find out more about this special tour we are hosting a film night in Melbourne next month on Tuesday 4 August at 6pm. Along with our Peregrine local tour leader, Melbourne based music guru Max Robenstone will be escorting this journey and will be at the film evening to answer your questions.

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We also have a 5-day Festival on the Niger Extension departing 3 February 2011.


Tour Highlights

* Music, performers, exhibitions of workshops of the Festival of the Niger ( with VIP passes

* Live kora and balafon music performance in Bamako

* Visit impressive Grand Mosque and colourful market day at Djenne

* Pinasse excursion on Niger River

* Witness masked dance ceremony at Dogon village

* Live music of the djembe in Ouagadougou

* Visit Gaoua home to the Lobi people and see the stone ruins of Loropeni

* Waterfalls and hippos at Banfora

* Experience dancing and traditional music of energetic Bobo


Meet Max Robenstone
Join Max from Discurio Records and Peregrine’s English speaking local leader and guides who will show you the heart and soul of their homeland.

”My name is Max Robenstone and I have been involved in the music business since 1977 (33 years). For the last 15 years I have run Melbourne’s leading specialist CD store, Discurio.

Over that period, we have become known for our World music selection, and this area is my personal passion, with a strong emphasis on the music of West Africa.

I have been a regular at Womadelaide for the last decade or so, and while there a few years ago, the idea was raised of attending the Festival of the Desert outside Timbuktu.

In 2008 I fulfilled that dream, and with 4 colleagues attended the Festival, followed by a tour of Mali. It was a life-changing experience, and I am now excited at the prospect of sharing it with you.”

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