Toubab Tales: The Joys and Trials of Expat Life in Africa (Paperback)

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'Go to Mali, ' they said. 'The music is amazing, ' they said. 'And you get ten hours of sunshine every day.' So I did, and this is my story of three years in a poor yet incredibly rich West African country; a story of hope, warmth and positivity in the face of adversity. As a Toubab (Westerner) in Mali, I acquired many new skills: how to deal with persistent street sellers, how to use a 'long drop' toilet, surviving malaria, enduring a climate hotter than my own body, breaking down hours from anywhere, and making a 17-hour river journey on the roof of an over-sized canoe. And all in the aid of ethnomusicology: the science of music in culture. My story closes amidst machine-gun fire, curfews and sudden farewells as the country spirals into chaos following a military coup; not the best weeks of my life, but certainly among the most interesting. Join Rob on an unforgettable journey through the amazing country of Mali in his new book. From forbidden instruments in Dogon Country to sandstorms in Timbuktu, you'll finish the journey informed, entertained and enriched. Experience Malian life and culture like never before in Toubab Tales.

Product Details
ISBN: 9798641687186
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: May 29th, 2020
Pages: 276
Language: English