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Last Updated: Friday, 2 February 2007, 08:25 GMT
Audio slideshow: Desert festival
The Festival in the Desert, in Essakane, northern Mali, has become an increasingly prestigious event.

Thousands of international visitors travel for days to join local tribes people and artists among the dunes of the Sahara, in celebration of the music and culture of Mali and beyond.

Images and interviews by Paula Dear; some images by Richard Stafford. Audio slideshow produced by Tom Housden.





AUDIO SLIDESHOWS

Camel in desert Desert festival
Celebrating the music and culture of Mali and beyond
Margaret and Glyn Thomas's daughter Birth in the 1940s
A couple relive the day their first child was born
Santa school Santa school
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Routemaster bus On the buses
Recruiting from the Caribbean
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A look through 50 years of his portraits


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