Raquel Okakene and Nerea Rubio, two great connoisseurs of West Africa, will guide us on this cultural trip to Burkina Faso, showing us many of the most outstanding social, political, ethnic and cultural aspects of Burkina Faso, as well as taking a traditional dance and music course in one of the most musical cities in all of Africa.
• Price: € 890 + € 300 local payment
• Travel style: Cultural trip with music and dance course.
• Duration: 12 days
• Departure: Ouagadougou, Friday 15 February 2019
• Arrival: Ouagadougou, Tuesday, February 26, 2019
• Group: 8 - 12 people
• Transportation: Minibus, taxi, canoe.
• Accommodation: Hotel and campaments.
• Physical difficulty: Easy
• Basic level dance course.
• Hiking in Banfora, Dafra and Koro.
Burkina Faso (the country of honest men), without a doubt, is one of the most welcoming countries in the world. Nestled in the center of West Africa, it is a perfect crossroads of commercial, cultural and vital. Numerous ethnic groups live together in this small country and traveling there offers the opportunity to experience the most authentic African life and immerse oneself fully in their different cultures.
The landscapes of the Sahel are different and the red dirt roads link the plains, the waterfalls, the savannah, the baobabs, the cultivated fields and the lakes in an inexhaustible sequence of surprises.
In cities, always changing, the quiet rhythm of the neighborhood coexists with the bustle of markets, workshops and schools and at night they are transformed to make way for cabarets, maquis (local restaurants) and concerts.
In the small villages, guardians of the tradition, the adobe houses are paced with the road, the animals and the fields of culture.
This proud people, a descendant of the Mossi Empire, was a political reference for all of Africa in the time of Thomas Sankara (Pan-African revolutionary and president of Burkina Faso 1983-87). Today the legend is still alive thanks to an open, dynamic and committed society.
Raquel Okakene (Madrid 1975)
Raquel is a Diploma in Business Studies. On her first trip to Africa, she was so amazed that since then she has been traveling and imbibing the history, thought and culture of the peoples of West Africa.
He is fascinated by all his artistic manifestations such as music, sculpture and oral tradition and also closely follows his political evolution with special interest in the movements of citizens.
He combines travel with his work in the African art store that the Angata Cultural Association has in Madrid. She also collaborates in the magazine of contemporary African arts and cultures Wiriko and is the author of the blog Okakene.com.
Nerea Rubio (Cercedilla 1984)
Nerea is titled in Classic Ballet, lover of life, curious, seeker and deeply connected with the world of the body, conscience, dance and therapy.
He started very young to travel constantly to places where culture, human forms and expression are different. Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Conakry and teachers from Ivory Coast and Mali were great school to specialize in the origins of dance and life. In Salvador de Bahía (Brazil) studied Anthropology of dance, energy and movement.
She is an expert in Ethnic Dance Therapy TRCD, a new therapeutic aspect of personal evolution through physical, energetic and emotional work with dances and music from 6 different cultures.
DANCE AND MUSIC COURSE:
Salimata Dembélé and Moumoune Coulibaly are the teachers who will teach traditional Mandinga music and dance courses. Both descend from griot families and are members of the Faso Denya Group. They have traveled the world in several international tours to make known the culture and tradition of this part of Africa.
This group was created by Karamoko Sanogo in 2001 and is composed of young talents from Burkina Faso.
This dance and music course in Burkina Faso is for everyone, for those who already have contact with this art and for those who do not. The dances and rhythms that we will learn are traditional, authentic referents of its history and serve, as well as to enjoy the energy of the movement and the Burkinabé sound of land, to get deeper into the culture and expression of the Mandinga people.
With which it is not necessary to know how to dance or play, it is necessary to want to discover more secrets of our land.
This musical course in Burkina Faso consists of six music sessions and six dance sessions lasting approximately one hour. Some will focus on learning rhythm and others on body awareness. We will study its origins and how to apply what we have learned in our daily lives.
Day 1 (Friday 15 February)
Arrival at the Ouagadougou airport, capital of Burkina Faso.
Pick up and transfer to Hotel La Liberté
Day 2 (Saturday, February 16)
We leave for Bobo Dioulasso (355 km) known as the city of music, very pleasant and easy to travel. On the way, on the Mossi plateau, we will stop to visit Bazoule, one of the lakes that inhabit the sacred crocodiles. In the afternoon we will arrive to our "base camp", the Hotel Le Zion in the heart of Bolomakoté, the musicians and cabarets neighborhood.
Day 3 (Sunday, February 17)
The dance and music course started by the Faso Denya group (Ná Dembele, Moumoune Coulibaly and its musicians)
In the afternoon we will see how the centuries slide by the adobe walls of the old district of Dioulassoba and the Great Mosque of Bobo built in 1890 and a unique example of Sudanese architecture.
Day 4 (Monday, February 18)
After the dance and music classes we will go to the traditional town of Koro, one of the few high villages of Burkina where life goes by quietly as if time there did not pass ... The reward of the climb is a beautiful view of the fault of Banfora and the spectacular sunset.
Day 5 (Tuesday, February 19)
Third class of music and dance and in the afternoon to dive into the color chaos that is the Mercado de Bobo accompanied by the antiquarian Aboubakar Pasoule.
Day 6 (Wednesday, February 20)
We left for Banfora (85km) a city to the south surrounded by fields of sugarcane. We will stop at the Domes de Fabedougou some geological oddities ideal to start a short walk until we reach the Karfiguela Waterfalls where we will enjoy a refreshing swim and picnic.
We will spend the next two nights in the picturesque Campamento Farafina. The owner, Solo, is an exceptional host and always invites us to listen to the sound of his balafon surrounded by his children and a peculiar troupe of musicians. The services are basic, the light comes from a lantern and the water has to be removed from the well, it is part of the charm of this 100% African camp.
Day 7 (Thursday, February 21)
Excursion through Senufo Country, traditional villages and centenary baobabs. We will also visit the Sindou Peaks, the result of ancient ocean movements and the erosion of rain and wind for years. Undoubtedly they have a magical air, these towers of sandstone that rise cutting the sky like stalactites of melted rock.
Day 8 (Friday, February 22)
Between long rows of trees and rushes is Lake Tengrela, which is the residence of many species of birds and a large family of hippos. We will sail through its waters before embarking on the way back to Bobo Dioulasso. Afternoon free to rest or take a walk through the city and finish dancing in one of their maquis.
Day 9 (Saturday, February 23)
We resume our music and dance classes and in the afternoon we will visit the Museum of Music where we will learn the history and meaning of traditional instruments and rhythms here, there and beyond.
Day 10 (Sunday, February 24)
After the classes we will go on a trip to La Guinguette natural pools surrounded by forest formed in the Kou River. In the hot African evenings it is the ideal place to rest in the shade and take a refreshing bath in its calm waters.
Day 11 (Monday, February 25)
We finish the course and we will approach Dafra, which in the idiom means catfish and is a magical place where the Burkinabe revere these sacred fish offering small sacrifices in exchange for protection and good luck.
Day 12 (Tuesday, February 26)
Return to Ouagadougou where we will visit the craft market and we can make the last purchases.
We will have some shared rooms at Hotel La Liberté de Ouagadougou to take a shower and prepare your luggage.
Return night flight.
Hotel night not included. The end of the trip.
NOTE: The route itinerary is provisional and could be modified on the spot.
- Transportation by minibus and local taxis.
Spanish guides, Raquel and Nerea Spanish, French and English speaking.
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners (three meals a day) at the place of accommodation and picnics en route
Dance and Music Course (total 12h)
Transfers to the airport
Activities and visits specified:
Bazoule: sacred crocodiles
Town of Koro
Domes de Fabedougou
Waterfalls of Karfiguela
Peaks of Sindou
Fulani village and great baobab.
Dafra: sacred fish
Museum of music
- Plane tickets
travel insurance (mandatory)
Accommodation before and after the trip
drinks and meals not specified
activities and unspecified visits
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