Senegal

Music & Mysticism

A 12-Day Adventure for Adults

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Duration
12 Days
Description

Explore the intersection of musical and religious traditions of West Africa: discover Senegalese hospitality while staying with a family, enjoy live music concerts, visit a sacred seaside Sufi village, and engage in conversation concerning the confluence of Senegalese religion and music.

Dates

Jul 19 - Jul 31, 2018


Suggested Ages

Adult Participants

Number of Participants

8-12


Availability

open

Begins In

31 Weeks

Tuition

$4,195


Estimated Flight Cost

$2,185

Dakar

niodior

Dene

Program Overview

Explore the intersection of musical and religious traditions amidst a richly vibrant and welcoming culture


Welcome to a culture renowned for its generosity and hospitality, where strangers call you to sit under the shade of a mango tree and share a cup of tea.  To a country of contrasts where new development occurs beside centuries-old traditions and where emerging musical styles echo this contemporary conglomeration of traditionality and modernity.  Known for its vibrant culture, distinctive drum rhythms, and unique sects of Sufi Islam, Senegal has long been a place to quench a traveler’s thirst for adventure and awe.

We view Senegal through the lenses of music and religion, and as we delve into the musical traditions of the region, we find that underneath the cadence and rhythms, we find an innate reflection of spiritual values and belief systems.

During our journey, we are greeted by an all-encompassing sense of hospitality.  We are warmly welcomed into the homes of families and have the opportunity to openly converse with musicians, dancers, religious leaders, regional development…

Welcome to a culture renowned for its generosity and hospitality, where strangers call you to sit under the shade of a mango tree and share a cup of tea.  To a country of contrasts where new development occurs beside centuries-old traditions and where emerging musical styles echo this contemporary conglomeration of traditionality and modernity.  Known for its vibrant culture, distinctive drum rhythms, and unique sects of Sufi Islam, Senegal has long been a place to quench a traveler’s thirst for adventure and awe.

We view Senegal through the lenses of music and religion, and as we delve into the musical traditions of the region, we find that underneath the cadence and rhythms, we find an innate reflection of spiritual values and belief systems.

During our journey, we are greeted by an all-encompassing sense of hospitality.  We are warmly welcomed into the homes of families and have the opportunity to openly converse with musicians, dancers, religious leaders, regional development specialists, and other experts in West African arts, spirituality, and philosophy.  Participants study basic greetings in Wolof, meander through Dakar’s bustling Sandaga market, and explore Dakar’s nightlife, delving into some of the region’s best live music.  We sojourn seemingly back in time when we leave the bustle of the city behind and embark on a rural journey that takes us to a colorful island village in the Sine-Saloum region.

Our journey take us from the sandy alleyways of a traditional neighborhood in the capital to an island four hours southeast in the Saloum Delta region to a Sufi retreat village by the sea.  We conclude our voyage in an artist enclave perched on rocky cliffs above the sea.

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