1960s Mali Was The Place To Party All Night Long In Africa
1960s Mali was the place to party all night long in Africa. Back then, there was really no place quite like it, and these photos are a living testament of the glory days of Western Africa.
Malick Sidibé spent the decade of loving in Mali, mixing at parties all the way through the 70s and hung out with all the cool kids who partied all night long. While attending these parties, he took snapshots of the most flamboyant people who danced all night long.
In 1960’s Mali, nightlife started very late. Usually, Malick Sidibé used to work in his photo studio developing photos until 10 or 11 at night and afterwards he went directly to the clubs of Bamako, the African country’s capital city.
He would ride his bike from party to party, all the way until the sunrise took over the sky at 5 AM. “I could cover five parties all at once, especially on Saturdays and during the holidays,” the photographer writes. “Young people trusted me, they were with me, on my side.”
“Out of the people I have photographed, some are dead and those photos bring them back to life,” Malick Sidibé talking about his work. After almost half a century, his photos are still very much representative of everything we understand when we refer to the concept of young spirit.
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The photographer gathered his best snapshots and created a photography book featuring the crazy party kids of Mali from the 1960’s. Check it out, right here!