Slow boat to Timbuktu (Part 2)

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There is something soporific about a long river journey. On our boat up the Niger River, the hypnotic sound of the engine, the lapping of the water and the slowly revealed scenery along the river banks, were only occasionally interrupted by a stop for lunch or to visit a riverside village. It was good to get off the boat, stretch our legs and wander around some of the wonderful communities along the river. Everywhere we went, people were friendly and welcoming.

Our journey was punctuated by stops to buy fish and other foodstuffs for lunch and dinner, but when we reached Niafunké we were in for a surprise. Niafunké, a small town approximately 200km from Timbuktu, was the hometown of legendary Malian musician Ali Farka Touré, before his death in 2006. One of his albums is named after the town and he recored several albums here. He farmed nearby and even became the…

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