Continuing our coverage of the MASA arts festival in Ivory Coast (see part one here), photographer William Farrington has been documenting the entire event. This photo essay features Mai Lingani from Burkina Faso, Naba TT from Mali, Mamou Kone from Mali, British Dependency from Anguilla, and a fashion show. Stay tuned for more photos by William from MASA and a full report from Sean Barlow.
Mai Lingani performing music from her first solo album, Mon-Ti, Monday at the MASA festival in Abidjan. All photos by William Farrington.
Mai Lingani took a moment after the show to greet fans from in the U.S., and say she hopes to tour there with her new band.
Naba TT performing at MASA 2016 Monday. A dynamic stage presence and forthright vocals connected with the Palais de la Culture audience.
Naba TT launched her solo career with the release of Foli after years touring with older sister Rokia Traore.
Mamou Kone, a Malian griot performing with Baba Toure and Bendia, based in Abidjan,
Dancers and drummers performing with Baba Toure and Bendia at MASA. Bendia, expressive of the dynamic urban culture found in Abidjan, draws on the multitude of ethnic traditions present in the city, molded by Baba Toure’s contemporary choreographic vision.
Guitarist Ishmael Levi and bassist Joyah, along with Jaiden Fleming on drums, make up the power roots trio British Dependency from Anguilla, in their African debut at MASA.
A nightly runway displayed the work of dozens of African fashion houses, including this dress designed by emerging Ivorian Franck Gnamien, who though still in his mid-20s is getting accolades for his G Christ label.