U.S. Embassy Grantee Continues Documentation of Mali’s Rich Musical Culture

Work continues on the Ambassador’s Cultural Preservation program being conducted by Instruments for Africa (I4A).  The organization was most recently in Diamou, located in the Region of Sikasso, to record the festival of Soli, a celebration related to a boy’s transition into adult male society (usually between the ages of 15-17).  Participants in the ceremony practice dance steps for three months before the ceremony.