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Bamako is strategically located on the Niger River in Mali. The fertile lands of the area surrounding it have been the granaries for powerful neighbours for centuries. Major trade routes from Western Africa through the Sahara to the North, and on to Europe, passed through this region and Malians took full commercial advantage of the situation as successive empires flourished. Bamako is the capital of Mali and has a reputation of being a mecca for those seeking a traditional cultural experience. Traditions are alive within Mali's ethnic groups: in their complex social structure, daily lives, festivals, religious ceremonies and beautiful artefacts. Musically, Bamako is a hot bed of rich musical heritage and culture. With a population of 1.7 million people, Bamako is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa.
The city is home to various ethnic groups such as the Bambara (Bamana), Malinke, Sarakole, Peul (Fulani), Tuareg and Dogon among others. Bambara and Malinke make up a large portion of the population although you will occasionally observe people of Tuareg ethnicity. These people are easy to spot with their beautifully-hued colourful clothing and unique jewelry. Bambara is the predominant language used, with French as a close second, especially in business. ...  Click here for more.
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