We Did Party And Dance In West Africa

In one village we had a party to celebrate the women’s success in the drought season drip irrigation gardens.

I bought a goat, and my wife a sac of rice. We thought it would be just the women of one camp.

However they invited the women from two other camps we work in. We arrived to a full fledged party under way, with hundreds of people.  They played two balafons, three kinds of drums, a bulls horn – a literal one, and various kinds of shakers the women used.

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It was one the the best experiences we have ever had in Mali. The women danced,  the men danced with feet moving faster than I ever thought possible. I haven’t enjoyed myself this much in a long while. My wife got up and danced with the ladies…. A great video. Of course I was able to video record much with my phone.

However, I also did an audio recording on my Tascam recorder, and converted them to MP3 files. Unfortunately, their cheap Chinese cellphones cannot handle the large videos from lack of memory. I wanted to have something they could use. The MP3 audio files from the evening were doable. I cleaned up the recording on Audicity, and converted them to MP3

Therefore, this week, on my last drought season drip irrigated garden inspection with them, which I did not really need to be doing, because these women finally got it. It took two years with this huge group, but we got there. It was more of a goodbye visit.

Anyway, I sat under a tree with my smartphone, OTG cable, and micro SD card reader. And I loaded the MP3 audio files of the music party on around 50 micro SD cards for the villagers.

It was a kind gift they gave us. A memory we will never forget.

Hard to believe we will be back in Canada in a few weeks.

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