Segou is a historically important city. It served as the capitol city for the Bambara Empire and the French Colonial era. Since Mali’s success on the international music stage, the city has become popular for its annual music festival where musicians perform just off shore on a special barge. To get there, we left the capitol city of Bamako and headed northeast and arrived in Segou about 3 hrs. later. The road to Segou is peppered with douane stops where a small toll is collected for the privilege of continuing on. These stops are opportunities for travelers to buy food and drink from the local women who offer prepared snacks for sale.
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