This is the story of Lagare, a street musician in Bamako, capital of Mali, whose dream is to play in Europe someday. He now has the opportunity to perform alongside one of the best musicians in the country, Loby Traoré, one of the drivers of African blues.

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“There are broken-down cars and bits of discarded furniture everywhere,” Simpson wrote in the article posted on the BBC website.“Beyond the wooden shacks lie ditches and pools of dirty, stagnant water where mosquitoes breed. Two basic toilets serve the whole camp.”

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Bride Price or lobola is both a cherished but highly controversial culture practised throughout Africa. It is the price paid in cows or money by the groom to the parents of the bride.

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