FIJM: A packed house to close the festivities
July 7, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.
Mory Kante, the Guinean griot and master of the kora just wrapped up his set. It was the closer of the Festival, and appropriate - mixing influences and sounds from all over the world, sounds which you could hear in the preceding 11 days of FIJM. It was as good an audience as I've seen, packing the streets around Place des Arts. There's no good way to capture in one picture the feel of the night or the massiveness of the crowd, but here's one attempt, from high above the Hyatt - the stage on the bottom left of the frame, the lights of the Plaza upper-left, and the crowd filling every available nook and cranny:
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