Blog March 8, 2016
Photo Essay: MASA Festival in Abidjan, Part Two
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. [caption id="attachment_27989" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Mai Lingani performing music from her first solo album Mon-Ti monday at MASA festival in Abidjan. Now based in her native Burkina Faso, Mai took a moment after the show to greet fans from in the US and say she hopes to return to perform with her new band. photo William Farrington Mai Lingani performing music from her first solo album, Mon-Ti, Monday at the MASA festival in Abidjan.  All photos by William Farrington.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27990" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Mai Lingani performing music from her first solo album Mon-Ti monday at MASA festival in Abidjan. Now based in her native Burkina Faso, Mai took a moment after the show to greet fans from in the US and say she hopes to return to perform with her new band. photo 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.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27991" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Naba TT performing at MASA 2016 monday. A dynamic stage presence and forthright vocals connected with the Palais de la Culture audience. Naba launched her solo career with the release of 'Foli' after years touring with older sister Rokia Traore. Naba TT performing at MASA 2016 Monday. A dynamic stage presence and forthright vocals connected with the Palais de la Culture audience.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27993" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Naba TT performing at MASA 2016 monday. A dynamic stage presence and forthright vocals connected with the Palais de la Culture audience. Naba launched her solo career with the release of 'Foli' after years touring with older sister Rokia Traore. Naba TT launched her solo career with the release of Foli after years touring with older sister Rokia Traore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27994" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Mamou Kone, a Malian griot performing with Baba Toure and Bendia at Masa. Bendia, based in Abidjan, drew on the multitude of ethnicites in its present in the city. Mamou Kone, a Malian griot performing with Baba Toure and Bendia, based in Abidjan,[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27995" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Dancers and drummers performing with Baba Toure and Bendia at Masa. Bendia, expressive of the dynamic urban culture found in Abidjan, drawing on the multitude of ethnic traditions present in the city molded by Baba Toure's contemporary choreographic vision. photo William Farrington 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.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27996" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Guitarist Ishmael Levi and bassist Joyah, who along with Jaiden Fleming on drums make up the power roots trio British Dependency from Anguilla in their African debut at MASA. photo William Farrington 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.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27998" align="aligncenter" width="640"]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 twenties is getting accolades for his 'G Christ' label. photo William Farrington 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.[/caption]