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Great tyro 2020-06-06 2:59

Good morning Gert,

Another fine photograph of excellent quality and a most interesting note too about your stay in Bamako.

It wasn't until I looked at your photograph full size that I then noticed the sign for your "Buffet Hotel". That sounds as though it was a fun place to stay, with good food and free musical entertainment every evening. If you were travelling here for pleasure it would certainly have been enjoyable, bit if you were here in your professional capacity as a reporter then I suspect being kept awake half the night might have become rather annoying.

Your photo (yet another excellent scan of a Kodachrome slide) is a perfect record of daily life outside this quite busy looking station almost forty years ago, though there's nothing terribly exceptional going on. But it is your note and your description of the Super Rail Band de Bamako, its music and its musicians and singers which is the most captivating.

I'm not sure if you are quite as avid an explorer of YouTube as I am, but you might like to see this little video which includes some music - as well as a portrait of Mory Kanté:

And here's a video including Djelimady Tounkara in Bamako in 2008, although it might not be by the railway station:


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Old 06-06-2020, 11:04 AM
holmertz holmertz is offline
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Hello John,
Thank you very much for another careful study of my photo and the note. I had found a few videos mainly featuring the music by the Rail Band, but they were not very good and I didn't bother to provide any links. The film in your first link, with the portraits of Mory Kanté and Salif Keita, sounded much better, but the photo of the entire band standing in front of a locomotive must have been taken even years before my visit to Bamako. They looked so very young.
But the second video you showed me was truly fascinating and gave me a strong nostalgia for Bamako. It was a city where music was heard everywhere, and people would often "walk-dance" along the streets like the ladies do spontaneously in that video. I also loved how women, a baby and a young girl now and then appear just in front of the camera.*
I wish you a nice weekend. Today we celebrate our National Day in Sweden and the rain is pouring down.
Best regards,
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Old 06-06-2020, 09:39 PM
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Hello Gert and John,I read about this band and I watched the videos. I liked the second one very much and it also gave me a strong nostalgia. Where could I see "the city where music was heard everywhere, and people would often "walk-dance" along the streets".? And the music was quite similar. It was Cuba, and especially the eastern part, in Baracoa. I must look in my disks if I have any movie. Have a nice SundayMalgo

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