Unelmatarinoita – artistic road trip from Finland to Gambia

I have a dream, when I think this dream I become energetic and delighted. Every day life feels much lighter.

Unelmatarinoita is a project about dreams in Europe and West Africa. Me and photographer Sini Suomi drive from Helsinki Finland to Pakau Penku village in Gambia. On the way we document dreams of the people the we encounter.

Our travel start on June.

Here you can follow our trip and the whole process getting ready to the trip.

https://www.facebook.com/unelmatarinoita/?fref=ts

and listen music and see photos on the way

https://unelmatarinoita.wordpress.com

We will remember this trip  😉

Marjo

Our griot family in Senegal

Siblings Fallou and Coumba. Fallou is from Thiam family. His father Yatma and grandfather Assane are famous tama players. Coumba and Fallou both are part of Samb’s griot family. Singer Aida Samb and xalam player Samba Diapere Samb are well known Samb family members.

In this video Fallou is playing ”air-tama” and Coumba is dancing sabar. Maybe here we can see future griots following them tradition?!

Music news from Senegal and Mali!

Here are my souvenirs from Mali and Senegal:)

I’m already planning next time, would you like to join?

In Senegal I made music video. The song was my own Sama xol. Same xol is Wolof language and it means my dear. Wolof is speaken widely in Senegal.

Thank you Yirime Gueye and Yatma Thiam for arranging. Without them this would’n be done. Thank you all the family who participated music video making. The dancer, the percussionist and the man actor are everybody family members. Thank you Myrma Paye, beautiful singer!

 

In Mali I was playing with my great musicians friends Hawa Dembele, Ousmane Kouyate and Mamadou Kamissoko. We had pleasure have also kalabas player Molo. We made three concerts in Bamako with a great success!!