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The West African Research Association and the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal are solliciting papers for the 2nd edition of the Bouki Blues Festival to be held on January 5-12, 2005 at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal. This edition will be devoted to the historical and cultural links between West Africa, the West Mediteranean world and the Western
hemisphere. The first edition, held on January 7-12, 2002, was primarily devoted to the Mississippi-Louisiana area where African music survived under the name of Blues, a musical form that evolved in the urban milieu to give birth to Jazz and Rock "n Roll. Musicians and scholars from Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, and Mississippi were given the opportunity to interact during that week-long event. The keynote speaker was the late Peter Aschoff, professor of anthropology at the University of Mississippi at Oxford (Ole Miss) and the guest star was the celebrated blues singer James "Super Chikan" Johnson from Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Papers should :
(1) address the cultural expressions of the Diaspora in comparison with their African origins to permit the greater public to see the
similarities, adaptations, and variations created by distance, time, and local influences;
(2) promote a culture of peace and fraternity by showing, beyond the horrors of the slave trade and slavery, the results of the resistance and resilience of African culture exported to America, the Mediterranean world and elsewhere;
(3) Address themes and methodologies which sustain the struggle against all forms of modern slavery.

Prospective Program

Tuesday, January 4, 2005.

5 PM : Reception at the West African Research Center.
Musical performance : Guelel Kumba, Njum Waalo, Souleymane Faye.

Wednesday, January 5, 2005.

10 AM : Gorée Island. Prayors and libations at La Maison des Esclaves

1 PM : lunch at Chevalier de Boufflers.

4 PM : Second Line with the women and the children on the streets of Gorée (ngoonal u Gorée). Animation : Dr Michael White, Assico Band of Gorée, Goumbé.

7PM : Petit Theatre of Gorée. Opening ceremony presided over by the President of the Republic of Senegal ("). Stage performance : Le retour de Bouki, a
musical comedy by Charles Cheikh Sow.

Thursday, January 6, 2005.

Cheikh Anta Diop University, Khaly Amar Fall auditorium. Colloquium on the theme : « Mediterranean and Trans-Atlantic Echoes».

9-9/30 AM : Keynote speech : Bouki-Sorokou Ba, the meaning of a symbol. By Pascal Baba Coulibaly, anthropologist, former Minister of Culture of Mali.

9/30-10 AM : Coffee break

10-12/30 AM : Panel 1 : The historical and cultural links between West Africa and the Western Mediterranean area.

1 PM : Lunch at WARC.

7 PM : Piscine Olympique. Mediterranean night : Mahmoud Guinée, Fado, Flamenco. Guest star : Youssou Ndour.

Friday, January 7, 2005.

9-10/30 AM : Khaly Amar Fall auditorium. Panel 2 : The historical and cultural links between West Africa and the Western hemisphere.

10/30-11 AM : Coffee break

11-12/30 AM : Panel 2. Musical Workshop : let"s understand blues and jazz with Vieux Mac Faye, Bobby Rush, and Dr. Michael White.

1 PM : lunch at WARC.

7 PM : Dakar. Piscine Olympique. Sahelian night : Kumbaan (Mauritania), Tocatiña (Cap Vert), Toumani Diabaté (Mali). Guest star : Baaba Maal (Senegal).

Saturday, January 8, 2005.

10 AM : First group departs for Jiloor Jijaak. Check in and lunch at Ndangaan.

4 PM : Jiloor Jijaak. Traditional wrestling. Circumcision dance.
7 PM : Dakar (Piscine Olympique). Afro-Américan night: Dr. Michael White (Louisiana), WA Flash (Senegal), Bobby Rush (Mississippi). Guest star : Viviane Ndour (Senegal).

8PM : 00 : Jiloor Jijaak. Yandé Codou Sène, Mbaye Ndiaye, Toumani Diabaté.

Sunday, January 9, 2005.

9 AM : Second group Departs for Jiloor Jijaak. Check in and lunch at Ndangaan.
4 PM : Place du village. Traditional wrestling.
8 PM : Ngoyaan, Papa "Blind Boy" Niang, Bobby Rush.

Interested researchers should forward a one to two-page proposal by September 10, 2004 to boukibluefestival@yahoo.fr or to:
Bouki Blues Festival

The West African Research Center
BP 5456, Dakar-Fann
Dakar, Senegal
Phone: (221) 865 2277
Website : www.warc-croa.org
Notification of acceptance will be mailed by September 30, 2004. For booking assistance (air ticket, hotel, meals, conference, and all festival events), please contact us by e-mail.