September 16, 2014

Leila's Restaurant

Leila's Restaurant, Tevragh Zeina
Leila has a small restaurant where everyday she prepares a local dish for lunch.
 Tiep Bou Dien, rice with fish and vegetables, Mafé, white rice with meat in a peanut sauce, Yassa special sauce made with onions and lemon juice served with chicken or fish on white rice and a few more. like soupou kandje. (the links are to the recipes of this dishes if you want to try at home ).

September 13, 2014

bits and odds of a summer in Nouakchott

Chinese dinner- Hot Pot

meeting at Tfeila

Sangu Delle

Aissata Lam

Invisible Borders at Zeinart

Meeting new people, seeing Mauritanian youth doing things , meeting artists from other African countries, finding China in Africa, Japanese boat on the beach and the presence of law enforcement everywhere.

September 12, 2014

aniversários, 25 de Abril e bares

Capitão de Abril

Emissão rádio

Zé e Ana

Teresa e Fabrice com bigode


Ana na cozinha

Bar do Kim, Portimão

Bolan Bar, Alvor

May 17, 2014

More artistes from the DAK'ART 2014

Abdulaye Konate at the Galerie Manege

The parade by the artists from Benin

Solly Cissé at the Hotel de Ville

school children visiting the Village de la Biennale

Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch and Gemma Rodrigues talking at the installation of Candice Breitz

Mamdy Seydy at Toucouleur, sculptures

Espace Medina with Moussa Traoré et Jesus Ahedo

Justine Gaga, installation and Jesus Ahedo from Gallery Kalao in Bilbao

May 13, 2014

visiting Dakar and the Biennale - DAK'ART 2014

discussions artists and curators

Village de Joe Ouakan- Issa Samba

Opening of the International exhibition at the Musée Theodore Monod

In the gardens of the Musée Theodore Monod

Galerie National - Moustapha Dibé

left - Sylvain Sankalé,  critique d'art. right- installation of the work of the artistes of Benin. Le bois sacrée.

May 05, 2014

Spanish class in Casa das Artes

Carmen teaching Spanish 
One of the highlights of my short trip to Portugal,sketching my mother teaching Spanish to a small group of fellow pupils at Casa das Artes.
Casa das Artes provides lots of activities like theatre, painting and music but also runs a small school for retired people with languages, philosophy and history being some of the subjects taught.
They also have a restaurant with vegetarian and local food at very good prices. My mother always eats there when she goes there as a teacher or as a pupil.

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