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A collaborative musical work

The Organization for the Development of the Senegal River (OMVS), the basin organization bringing together Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Mauritania, has joined forces with the Geneva Water Hub and Milk Music to launch a call for musicians of the Senegal River basin inviting them to create a new collaborative work. This follows the " Symphony for water and peace  », co-created in 2017 under the artistic direction of Milk Music by artists from 4 continents in order to bring the reflection of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace. Exceptional artists from the Senegal River have responded to this call:


Under the sponsorship of Baaba Maal , Milk Music brought together Daara J Family (Senegal), Fatoumata Diawara (Mali), Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania), Sékou Kouyaté (Guinea) and Noumoucounda (Senegal). Each artist has composed an original piece recorded remotely – pandemic requires –  between Dakar, Nouakchott, Milan, Paris and Bordeaux.


The album "Voices of the River: Pathways to Peace" was conceived as an invitation to the populations living along the Senegal River to come and talk with OMVS leaders, authorities in their country, experts and personalities within the framework of a project with the same title carried out by a coalition of partners. Baaba Maal , the sponsor of the project, is committed to mobilizing the populations for this dialogue. The album was released on March 22, 2022 (Milk Music/Believe).


These actors converged on the village of Mboumba, on the banks of the river, to hold these exchanges during the Festival à Sahel Ouvert in February 2022, and carried the local voices to Dakar within the 9th World Water Forum .


As a vector of development and peace, culture has an important role to play in the Sahel region, which is experiencing growing destabilization. We want this artistic collaboration to inspire and pave the way for cooperation and peace.

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The artistic direction and musical production of the project are carried out by MILK MUSIC, an independent label based in Bordeaux. The label has its own recording studios dedicated to discographic production and music for image. MILK MUSIC is also a producer of innovative musical events and projects, including "Voices of the River, Pathways to Peace", "Slowfest", and "Symphony for Water and Peace". This last project was co-created with 5 composers from countries  participant in the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace: Mich Gerber (Switzerland), Alune Wade (Senegal), Tarek Younis (Jordan), Carlos Guzman (Costa Rica) and Serge Frasunkiewicz (Brazil). The creation of the work followed the work of the panel (2016-2018). The work was performed for the first time live by the Blue Peace Orchestra in Geneva during the presentation of the panel's work at the UN in 2018. It has been performed regularly around the world by musicians from all walks of life since, a powerful symbol and inspiration to efforts to make water a source of cooperation and peace.

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