music and dance
The music and cultural life of Senegal and the Casamance-region is incredible rich and we are happy to guide you through it! It does not matter if you are an adventurer, music student, student, professional musician or if you just want a different cultural holiday in Senegal, we will try our best to create an unforgettable experience for you. Workshops at Jaliya Camp can be customized to suit everyone and we have contact with great teachers from the region teaching instruments like kora, balafon, fulaniflute, konting/ngoni/xalam, djembe, sabar, seuroba and singing.
Discover Senegal's many cultures at a sparkling music and dance festival. This annual 10-day cultural festival in Abéné begins at the end of December and extends into the New Year. If you are lucky you'll see Sousou & Maher Cissoko and other local and international artists perform.
The festival also includes traditional wrestling matches and other exciting cultural events. Musicians and artists from all over the world gather here to enjoy. A brilliant opportunity to discover Senegal's rich cultural life!
It does not matter if you see your self as a dancer or not, it's all about communication and feeling the music. Let it flow through you and find your expression, understand the inherent rhythms of the music by dancing.
At Jaliya Camp we can find you teachers to try out different dance styles - Graceful mandinka dance or exploding sabar, both traditional and modern dance styles. And of course the typical traditional dance of the Casamance region - seuroba.
The kora is a classical instrument of West African jalis (griots), the historical keepers of oral tradition and praise songs. The kora is often accompanied by singing and percussion. The unforgettable music is soothing, almost hypnotic, and is said to have very real curative properties.
Kora players use a variety of tunings and the most common ones are sillaba, sauta and tomora. Sousou and Maher Cissoko often plays the 22-string "kumbengo" koras from the Casamance, giving the instrument a distinctive timbre and an extra base note.