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Senegal: Where Local Traditions and Modern Art Collide

Hannah Ellis-Petersen |Guardian Africa   in  ·
March 22, 2015

As the midday sun glares down on the small Senegalese village of Sinthian, girls are preparing to dance. Dressed in bright batik fabrics and shaking their beaded drums, the girls – some barely 4ft, others in the lanky throes of adolescence – cut through the heady afternoon haze with a shrill chorus of call and response.

The performance is a tradition that goes back generations but today the performers and villagers from the region have gathered in their thousands to celebrate an addition to their cultural landscape. Providing a backdrop and a venue for the ceremony is Thread, one of the first cultural centres and artist residencies of its kind outside the capital, Dakar, which opened its doors in Sinthian for the first time last week…


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