Jaliya Camp
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Kora. Singing. dancing.

14 JAN 2020 - 24 JAN 2020

Photo: Sandy Haessner

Photo: Sandy Haessner

We invite you to experience the rich West African music tradition with the kora and our voices as a companion. Jaliya Camp is our creative space and many of our songs has been created here. Come and create, sing and dance with us!
— sousou & Maher cissoko
If you have been longing for dancing, playing music, singing and enjoying kora music accompanied by the sound of crickets a starry night in Senegal, Jaliya Camp is here for you!
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music and dance retreat - Preliminary Daily Program:

  • We will start our day with a lovely breakfast buffé with coffee, tee, bread, omelette, porrige and fruits.

  • After breakfast we will dance for about one hour and let the West African music and joy flow into our bodies with live drums played by professional musicians. Dance sessions will be led by a talented dance teacher from the region.

  • After lunch you will have your own Ocean Time or time to discover the daily life in the village or, if you prefer, deepening in your your own creativity, composing, jamming and practicing.

  • The second session of the day takes place in the late afternoon, before sunset and dinner and will be a variation of music - kora and singing.

  • We will also offer kora meditation, storytelling and Q& A sessions for those who wants to know more about the very special senegalese and Jaliya culture.

  • After dinner we will light the fire and enjoy music, evening concerts, jamming, singing and sharing together.

*Note that this is a preliminary program and can be a subject to change.

*All regular activities are included in the price and is of course voluntary to suit your preference and taste.

*During the weekend there will be some time off for your own adventures and discoveries.

*There can also be opportunities for extra private classes in kora, singing, dancing, djembe, sabar, seuroba, fulani flute and guitar classes to an extra fee. If interested let us know in advance so we can try to arrange it with professional teachers in the region.
*Teaching is in English/Swedish or any of the local languages, interpreted into English/Swedish.


Come to Jaliya Camp to learn or listen to magical kora music !

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  • 9 dance classes with professional dance teachers from the region (different West African dance styles)

  • 9 kora* classes (group sessions) with individual feedback between the classes.

  • 5 singing sessions (groups sessions) with main focus on the traditional kora repertoire and singing techniques.

  • Evening concerts and kora music under the stars with Sousou & Maher Cissoko and special guests.

  • Endless jam-session opportunities and time to dive in to your own creativity and songwriting.

  • Special Party Eve Celebration with buffé.

  • 10 nights accommodation at Jaliya Camp (shared double rooms, simple standard).

  • Room cleaning every second day and laundry service when needed.

  • All breakfast and meals at Jaliya Camp are included with traditional senegalese food.

  • Drinking water at Jaliya Camp.

  • Pick up and drop off service from Banjul Airport or Ziguinchor harbour (+/-one day from the retreat schedule).

    *You can also join with your own instruments on the kora classes if preferred.


Flights, drinks, travel insurances, vaccinations, single rooms, private classes or excursions outside the schedule or any other personal expenses.


Dancing and drumming

Move your body and let the music fill you up!

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1200 Euro (available until 15th of September 2019).


1250 Euro (available until 15th of November 2019).


  • Children up to 5 years – free of charge

  • Children 6-12 years – 50 % off

  • Teenagers 13-18 years – 20% off

  • Seniors (65+) – 20% off

The deposit fee and the event fee is to be paid after the registration.

More details on payment, deposit and cancellation policies will be sent to the registered participants.

(Single Room Supplement: 160 Euro.)


It is also possible to come earlier or stay longer and combine the retreat with a longer visit in Senegal. Let us know what you need and we will try our best to help you to get an unforgettable time!


Jaliya Mouta - official video

Recorded in Casamance, Senegal by Stefan Erdman

Jaliya Mouta - a song composed by Sousou & Maher Cissoko which is about keeping the traditions of  "Jaliya" alive by renewing and adapting to today's society and about the mission of the Jalis - to bring people together and create peace and understanding. Just like the visions of Jaliya Camp.