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Abidjan: Thousand artists perform at MASA festival

Abidjan: Thousand artists perform at MASA festival

Ivory Coast

A thousand artists from over 50 countries gathered in Ivory Coast on Saturday for a week-long festival of African music, theatre, dance, comedy, slam poetry and storytelling.

The 10th edition of the biannual Market for African Performing Arts, known by its French initials as MASA, marked the 25th anniversary of the event.

Variety of artists from all over Africa and the African diaspora in Japan, Haiti and Canada performed in Abidjan.

Artists include Ivorian jazz fusion drummer Paco Sery, traditionalist Malian singers P-Pentatonique and Cape Verde’s Maria de Barros.

MASA was launched in 1993 by the International Organisation of La Francophonie, which represents French-speaking countries. It also offers African artists training for reaching an international market.

The festival was badly affected by political crises that struck Ivory Coast between 2002 and 2011. It was relaunched in 2014.

“We are doing better now than before the crisis,” said the festival’s communications chief, Chantal N’Cho Nabalema.