With my camera and printer, I wandered down the levee to visit with those doing laundry at the riverfront. A number of girls and a boy came to find out what was up. I managed to get a few smiles for photos, showed them how the printer worked, and gave out images to excited children. Unfortunately, I ran out of paper and had to end the activity...more
After our trip across the river, I decided to do some people watching. I passed the ceramics, which appeared similar to the low fire vessels one finds in Mexico. We couldn't possibly pack those in our bags, and besides I didn't see them as exceptional. The bathing and laundry work of the women isn't exceptional in West Africa either, except that I...more
The latest dicovery in Segou. Open since nov.2007 and very well occupied with locals and europeans. Excellent service, good music-mix and a friendly flamboyand owner. Umar knows how to treat his guests and gives them the right attention. A good range of "known" booze for the Euro traveller. French and English spoken. The food is excellent and well prepared although the portions could be a bit larger. Prices are moderate. The daily changing menu on a blackboard will give you plenty of choice.Great place for the TGIF hour.
Favorite Dish: boulettes de boeuf, grilled capitaine
segou nightclub, la boite euro_segouvienne, la premiere ou le melange segou-europe a eu lieu...
this special mix between europe and segou style, gave a special taste wich took immediately the attention of all mali's cities.
alternative, techno,electro music mixed by all the ivoirienne and senegal newness...
american bar where you can find the majority of exotic fruit and cuban cocktails...
segou night club,just come as you are...
Dress Code: free dress, just be smiling
The pirogues that ply the Niger are leaky vessels, but no matter, the river is so slow and shallow during the dry season that it's unlikely anyone could drown. Our ride across the river came to us in the form of a young man who met us at the hotel. For $15, he and his brother ferried my wife and I across the river to the villages. The pirogue is...more
The bus station is away from the waterfront where the hotels are, so you'll need a short taxi ride. No need to do any heavy bargaining s the ride isn't that long. We arrived late at night and were able to wake up the manager of the hotel received us without complaint, and we were able to have our guide shepard us to the bus station in the early...more
Kasobané literally means 'Prison is finished, we are free' in Bamanan. It refers to the omittance of products that are not their own, and instead the use of natural Malian products only.
The group started by studying the bogolan traditions troughout Mali, including the symbolic alphabet, the techniques and uses of the bogolan cloth, etc. This enabled them to understand the significance and teachings of the cloths which were in danger of being lost. Consequently, they abandoned modern art painting methods and worked exclusively with traditional Mali art materials such as vegetal pigments found in clay from the river Niger and plant dyes, using them on locally grown, hand-woven cotton cloth.
The group has a shop and studio in Bamako and a gallery in Ségou.
What to buy: The gallery is specialized in 'bogolan', the exquisite painting technique from Mali, made with naturally waved cotton and painted with products naturally occurring in Mali.
the Niger river plays an important role as road of transport as well, as you can see in these pictures. Anything will be transported on this river to get it to the other side of the river bank or the other side of the country.
When you are in Ségou you can visit the pottery village, Kalabougou. It 's situated about 9 km from Ségou, and by boat it takes you about 1hr.
About 3000 souls are living in this village who dedicate their life to making pottery, famous all over the country.
If you can't visit the village, you can watch the boats arrive with plenty of pottery almost every day in Ségou; and visit the pottery market at the river bank in Ségou.
(I don't remember which days exactly the pottery arrives, or if it arrives daily. If someone can fill me in on this, you are welcome.)