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Photo Essay: MASA Festival in Abidjan, Part One

First stop in Abidjan was the legendary Parker Place, in Marcory Zone 4, a magnet for reggae fans, where the house band The Wisemen were on stage. photo William Farrington

Sean and Georges are currently in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, covering the biannual MASA arts festival. Photographer William Farrington will be documenting the entire festival. This report portrays the Wisemen, a reggae group; Tuareg band Amanar, and Saulo Fernandes from Brazil. Check out his photos below from the first two days. and stay tuned for more dispatches from MASA from William and a full report from Sean.

First stop in Abidjan was the legendary Parker Place, in Marcory Zone 4, a magnet for reggae fans, where the house band The Wisemen churned out an uninterrupted driving beat with three vocalists alternating leads. photo William Farrington

First stop in Abidjan was the legendary Parker Place, in Marcory Zone 4, a magnet for reggae fans, where house band the Wisemen was on stage. All photos by William Farrington.

A singer with The Wisemen, house band at the legendary Parker Place, in Marcory Zone 4. a magnet for reggae fans. photo William Farrington

A singer with the Wisemen

Amanar featuring guitarist Ahmed Ag Kaedy from Kidal, and vocalist/dancer Mariam Walet Messaoud. Ahmed's short guitar lines, repeated but ending at different points matched the rhythm of Mariam's deliberate dance steps as her left foot stepped followed by her right, creating a feeling of moving slowly through a vast space. photo William Farrington

Amanar, featuring guitarist Ahmed Ag Kaedy from Kidal, and vocalist/dancer Mariam Walet Messaoud. Ahmed’s short guitar lines, repeated but ending at different points, matched the rhythm of Mariam’s deliberate dance steps, creating a feeling of moving slowly through a vast space.

Amanar featuring guitarist Ahmed Ag Kaedy from Kidal, and vocalist/dancer Mariam Walet Messaoud. Ahmed's short guitar lines repeated with elements changed matched the rhythm of Mariam's left foot stepped followed by her right, creating a feeling of moving slowly through a vast space. photo William Farrington

Amanar featuring guitarist Ahmed Ag Kaedy and Mariam Walet Messaoud.

Amanar featuring guitarist Ahmed Ag Kaedy from Kidal, and vocalist/dancer Mariam Walet Messaoud. Ahmed's short guitar lines repeated ending on a different note matched the rhythm of Mariam's deliberate movements, stepping forward in a shuffle, creating a feeling of moving slowly through a vast space. photo William Farrington

Amanar with vocalist/dancer Mariam Walet Messaoud.

Tuareg audience mebers enjoying the music of Amanar featuring guitarist Ahmed Ag Kaedy from Kidal, and vocalist/dancer Mariam Walet Messaoud. Ahmed's short guitar lines repeated ending on a different note matched the rhythm of Mariam's deliberate movements, stepping forward in a shuffle, creating a feeling of moving slowly through a vast space. photo William Farrington

Tuareg audience members enjoying the music of Amanar.

Audience aproving of the Amanar performance at the Palais de la Culture Abidjan during the MASA festival, sunday March 6th. photo William Farrington

Audience approving of the Amanar performance at the Palais de la Culture, Abidjan during the MASA festival, Sunday, March 6.

Saulo Fernandes, from Brazil performing with his band at the Palais de la Culture Abidjan during the MASA festival, sunday March 6th. photo William Farrington

Saulo Fernandes, from Brazil, performing with his band at the Palais de la Culture, Abidjan during the MASA festival, Sunday March 6.

Saulo Fernandes, from Brazil performing with his band at the Palais de la Culture Abidjan during the MASA festival, sunday March 6th. photo William Farrington

Saulo Fernandes with his band.

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