January 22, 2014

visiting Umbrete and Jerona, Spain

celebrations in Umbrete

Virgen de la Consolacion, Umbrete
church hour
nuns and streets
Plaza de la Iglesia
preparing for the party 
Rosi and food 
Ramon in Jerena 
Taberna Galeria La Bomba, Jerena
dressed up children
Hot August month visiting a friend in Southern Spain, small villages with plenty of churches, snails season and lots of other good food. Summer time night activities with parades were the locals dressed in traditionnel custums and retold the stories of the foundations of the villages

January 13, 2014

writing down the music, Malouma et Mike Herting

Malouma mint Meidah
  Moorish music is passed on orally, parents teach their children who in turn will teach theirs.
Mike Herting, composer, orchestra conducter and jazz pianist from Germany is in Mauritania at the moment working with Malouma mint Meidah trying to write down all the waysmodes and notes of the traditionnal music.


 I went sketching twice at the Fondation Malouma. Yesterday they were recording the different modes. There was Lalla mint Teikmich, drum and voice, Malouma ardin (harp-like stringed instrument) and voice and Malouma's brother Lemrabott playing the tidinit (a small hourglass-shaped, four-stringed lute)
Malouma et Mike Herting

Today Mike was writing down the musical notes. Apparently apart of the notes we'll know ie DO RE MI...
there are demi notes for piano and in Moorish music there are even quarter of notes, meaning within the Do and the RE you can find two extra notes - explanation given by Mike and that I suppose its legible to musicians

Mike Herting listening to the musical notes

It was a priviledge to be able to listen to those great musicians playing while recording and note taking went on You can learn more about Mike and this project sponsered by the Goethe Institut of Dakar here. You an also listen to one of Malouma's music here.

Mike herting writing the musical note

January 10, 2014

January at the beach

December 08, 2013

Old rain sketches

Socogim PS
mosquée et école, Socogim PS
épicerie Abidine, Ksar

October 18, 2013

Festival Paroles d'écrits

Mr X

Marie Huot



Mariem Mint Derwich

Abdelvetah Ould Mohamed

Malouma Mint Meidah
In the middle of the dunes, just outside Noakchott, poetry by men and women, young and old.
Fresh camels milk was served, tea was served. The sun went down behind a dune and the moon came up over another one.  The magic place was Dunes Soukouk.
Rencontres / lectures
Un après-midi magique surles dunes, sous une khaima, ponctué de discussions et de lectures de poèmes des auteurs invités afin de découvrir leur textes, leurs intentions, leurs attentions, leur rêves aussi. Les poètes seront lá pour parler de La Poésie et des poésis  qui les ont nourri. Il y aura des voix qui vous feront entendre poémes d'ici et d'ailleurs, d'aujourd'hui et d'hier.

September 24, 2013

Nouakchott after the rain

Its been a week since the last rain fell in Nouakchott, the city is in a pitiful state. Many of the city neighbourhoods were built in areas lower than the sea level. The trucks that are going around to drain the water are seeing how the water keeps coming up from the underground.
This amazing set of images seen from the sky, taken by the collective "en haut" using a kite can give you an idea of the disaster.

I decided to go this morning to the 5émé a neighbourhood not far from the center and where there is two markets (5émé et 6émé) where I normally go to buy cloth and spices. I couldn't go further than the first crossroads. The tarmac was covered in mud and water and just a few bits were higher than the water. People were using the donkey carts to reach the market and men were renting plastic boots.

Traffic was not allowed in the tarmac that ld to the market, you either had boots to walk or you would pay for a place in a donkey cart. But the other tarmac covered in water was busy and trucks and four wheel drives were bravely crossing it. As I sat nearby sketching I saw two trucks and a van geting stuch on the big holes in the tarmac hidden from view by the dirty waters.
People I know have had to leave their homes and neighborhoods because of the water. Even the ones that didn't suffer during the rain fall have been forced to leave as the water is now coming from the underground due to a saturted water table.
All kind of theories are going around about what's causing this and of the imminent disparition of the city in the years to come.
The biggest problem at the moment is were are all the people left homeless going to live? No one as answers to that.
What is going to come out of those stagnant waters ? Mosquito's are already breeding by millions and are the big talk of the city. Let's hope it doesn't go further than that....

August 31, 2013

TEDx Nouakchott, Individual acts, global progress

public waiting
waiting, small technical problem
first presentations
Jamila and Tabara
my neighbour
Mamoudou Lamine Kane

Organised by young people and with a room full of young from both genders and from different components of the Mauritanian society the first TEDx event in Nouakchott was a sucess.
 A long road to go but as they say they're the future of this nation.
 Learn more about the organisers here and if you don't know Technology Entertainement Design learn about it , here,  all about ideas worth spreading.

August 21, 2013

visiting Guggenhein and D.Crepe in Bilbao

Pablo Picasso

Jeff Koons,  puppy

Richard Serra,  The matter of time.
Alex Katz, Smiles
Cristina Lucas, video
Cristina Lucas and Urs Fisher

Don Crepe, Bilbao
After almost 8 hours spent in the Guggenheim I delighted myself with the delicious crepes made by my brother. D.Crepe is in the other side of the river with views to the Guggenheim, you pick one of the bridges and the only difficulty thing is to choose your sauces.