EVS GLOBAL CHANGE

Senegal, welcome to Tambacounda

Senegal is a country south of the Sénégal River in western Africa. The climate is tropical with two seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. Senegal has a wide variety of ethnic groups and, as in most West African countries, several languages are widely spoken. French is the official language. Senegal’s musical heritage is better known than that of most African countries, due to the popularity of mbalax, which is a form of Wolof percussive music; it has been popularized by Youssou N’Dour. Sabar drumming is especially popular. During the colonial era, Senegal was colonized by France, and the people grew to adopt a French identity. Many, though not at all, Senegalese identified as French instead of any African ethnicity.

Tambacounda is a crossroads in West Africa. It is a major train stop between Dakar, Senegal and Bamako, Mali. The city of Tambacounda has a population of approximately 100,000 and is an ethnic mix of Bambara/Bamana and Pulaar, with a significant Wolof population. The region of Tambacounda, formerly known as Senegal Orientale, used to be part of the Mali Empire before the borders were created to separate Mali from Senegal. Tambacounda is physically the largest of Senegal’s 11 regions, but is sparsely populated and its economy lags behind the rest of the country.

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Senegal: KAMBEN is an organisation who is working to reinforce solidarity, understanding, and civil society and also promote all activities for an economical and social developement.

General information, BBC: Senegal

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