The artist and musician Salif Keita devoted his life to the cause of albinism. (Maninka lg, Bambara lg)

L'artiste et musicien Salif Keita a consacré sa vie à la cause de l'albinisme.

What are the senses? How to define them? How do we appeal to them - or not? How important are the senses? Which ones have been given priority? How were disabilities considered? What place do the senses have in our relationship to the world today? How are our senses changing in the digital age? What new idea can we have of disability? of its daily management? (to be completed)

Que sont les sens ? Comment les définir ? Comment y faisons-nous appel – ou pas ? Quelle importance a-t-on accordé aux sens ? Lesquels a-t-on privilégiés ? Comment a-t-on considéré les handicaps ? Quelle place prennent les sens dans notre relation au monde actuel ? Comment nos sens se transforment-ils à l’ère numérique ? Quelle idée nouvelle peut-on se faire du handicap ? de sa gestion quotidienne ?... (à compléter)

Nommo: the first living creature

Nommo is said to be the first living creature. He was created by the sky god Amma and multiplied into four pairs of twins. One of them rebelled against Amma who had then to restore order to his creation.

Dans les mythes dogons, on dit que Nommo fut la première créature vivante, créée par le dieu du ciel Amma et se divisant en quatre paires de jumeaux. L'un d'eux se serait rebellé contre Amma qui dut alors rétablir l'ordre dans sa création.

Awa and the masked dances

Among Dogon people, a society called "Awa" rules the masked dances, organized during the various ceremonies.

Chez les Dogons, une société dite "Awa" dirige les danses masquées, organisées lors des différentes cérémonies.

‘West Africa’s new currency, the Eco: Rebrand or fresh start?’

“Many Africans cheered and applauded when Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara announced on Saturday "that, in agreement with the other West African Economic and Monetary Union Heads of State, we have decided to reform the CFA franc with the following three major changes: First, the name change of the currency from the CFA franc to the Eco.(…) His speech marked the official end of the French-backed currency CFA francs for the eight countries belonging to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo currently use the CFA franc which has been criticized by many as a French relic from colonial times. Further, France will stop holding “50 percent of the reserves in the French Treasury” and will withdraw "French governance" related to the currency. The Eco's value will be pegged to the euro, just like the CFA has been for more than two decades.” “In 2020, the region is set to get a long-discussed new currency: the Eco. Many Africans are pleased — but there is a lot of work ahead, say experts who insist a rebrand of the old Franc CFA will not do the job.” (



A traditional Malian cotton fabric dyed with fermented mud. It became a symbol of Malian cultural identity. Also present in other parts of West Africa including Burkina Faso, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire or Senegal.


Bogolan - Un tissu de coton traditionnel malien teint avec de la boue fermentée. Il est devenu un symbole de l'identité culturelle malienne. Egalement présent dans d’autres pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest comme le Burkina Faso, la Guinée, la Côte d'Ivoire ou encore le Sénégal.

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Salif Keita

Salif Keita

Salif Keïta (1949-) - A singer and songwriter from the Keita royal family of Mali, Golden Voice, Africa" – One of the leaders of the struggle led by the albino community, victims of human sacrifice.

Salif Keïta (1949-) - Un chanteur et compositeur de la famille royale Keita du Mali, connu pour être la "Voix d'or de l'Afrique" - Un des leaders de la lutte menée par la communauté albinos, victime de sacrifices humains.

Modibo Keïta

Modibo Keïta (1915 –1977) - The first President of (independent) Mali (1960–1968) – He was also the Prime Minister of the Mali Federation. He is known for his Panafricanism.