Mali is a landlocked country found in West Africa to the Southwest of Algeria. The word Mali came from the Mali Empire and it is often referred to as the place where the King Lives. Mali also symbolizes the strength and resilience of Malians. The country comprises of eight regions namely; Gao, Kayes, Kidal, Koulikoro, Mopti, Segou, Sikasso, Timbuktu, and Bamako. The latter being the national capital district. Malians speak French and is widely used in their daily transactions. The main source of income is agriculture and mining. Exploring the country is a wonderful experience for everyone eager to see rich culture and historical tradition. You'll get to mingle with the friendly and the very welcoming Malians and know more about their great qualities and experience a once in a lifetime opportunity. There's a lot to see and take inspiration from every place especially in the beautiful country of Mali. See it for yourself!
1. Favorite Sport of the LocalsFootball is one of the most rewarding sports activities in Mali. Young and women from different parts of the country play football as one of their past-time and hobby. It is the most popular sport in the country seen in every town and village played at regular times. The country has produced notable football players like; Seydou Keita, Adama Traore, and Moussa Marega. Mali hasn't made it yet to the World Cup Qualifiers. Yet, football enthusiasts from around the country will always be proud of their national teams; Djoliba, Stand, and Real. For the young football enthusiasts, they hope and they are inspired that one day they will join this challenging event.
2. Wonderful Bogolanfini ClothThe Bogolanfini Traditional Cloth or “mud cloth” is always been a symbol of Malian culture. Hunters usually wore this traditional cloth as camouflage and protection from enemies. Women also wore this after circumcision and after giving birth. Malians believe that this cloth will absorb negativities. Above all the reasons, it is also known as a badge of status and a great symbol of African American culture. Wearing the traditional cloth makes the Malian proud of their culture and their country. The Malians creates this cloth by dying it with fermented mud and intricately designing it. Through their hard work, this beautiful amazing cloth is exported throughout the world. Upon your visit to Mali, you get the chance to see the process. You can also buy yourself a perfect Malian souvenier as a perfect reminder of your fascinating trip to Mali.
3. Have Fun at Dogon Mask DanceVisit Mali during April and discover the famous Dogon Mask. It happens in Digon Country of Mali, where the Dagon Tribe lives. The mask dance is believed to be the connection to the afterlife of a deceased person. The dancing and wearing the buffalo and hyena mask increases their hope that its spirit will transition to the afterlife in peace. Each mask represents the prediction of the tribe's prophesy for the coming years. Foreign visitors will be encouraged to dance and enjoy the beating of the drums. A wonderful and unique experience awaits everyone. It's a chance to see and experience the unique culture of Malians. You’ll surely love how welcoming and friendly the Malians are.
4. Malian Lovely MusicThe traditional Malian Music is derived from the West African called Griots. They are well-known as "Keepers of Memories". Due to the fact that they are very skillful in every traditional instrument they play. Some of these instruments are; kora, khalam, goje, balafon, and ngoni. As keepers of memories, they wrote stories for the little children. These stories are pass from generation to the next generation to inspire the young. Malian music is often played in festivals, special occasions, ceremonial events or other events. It’s creatively unique and you’ll remember a lot of memories through the rhythm and beat of the songs played in the country.
5. Malians Traditional AttireMost Malians wear the Boublevous as their everyday wear. It is a colorful robe that is usually seen in the different parts of West Africa. The robes are decorated with intricate embroidery. This is one of the formal attire for special occasions and other special events. The robes are passed from generation to the next generation and it is also a status of symbol in the country. Men and women wear this differently. Females would often wear the kaftan or the wrapper and headscarf.
6. Surprisingly Food Feast in MaliEverybody will love Malian cuisine at its finest. For every region, there's something new to taste and discover. Most of the Malian cuisine are rice, a mash of yams and meat in a peanut butter sauce. Peanuts have always been a part of the best traditional recipes of Mali. Try the spicy Capitaine Sangha, a Nile served with hot chili sauce, bananas, and rice. If you can't get enough of spicy food, you may want to try the leafy vegetables with spicy onion stock called Saga saga. All these great dishes can simply be paired with a tamarind and guava juice for a delightful treat. You wouldn’t want to miss every delightful dish found in this beautiful country. Give it a shot and enjoy every delightful moment.