NewsFlash - CURE SALÉE


September 2017
The Flag of Niger

Every September the 500 townsfolk of In-Gall, in the Agadez region of northeast Niger, grows to upwards of 50,000 as nomads and their herds make the pilgrimage to the tiny West African town to celebrate the annual gathering that serves as a harvest festival, a marketplace, a gathering of the tribes, and most importantly a spectacular male beauty parade in an effort to be named the most attractive man of their clan. Here the roles are reversed and it is the men who paint their faces, don traditional ceremonial costumes, and sing and dance in an effort to impress the female judges. The talent portion of the show, known as Yaake, is akin to line dancing, with men standing shoulder-to-shoulder, swaying, singing and chanting in a hypnotic fashion, fuelled by a stimulating tea made of fermented bark, rumoured to have a hallucinogenic effect, enabling them to dance wildly, often for hours on end. The exact date in September of Cure Salée changes every year, dependent upon the strength of the rains, and is announced approximately one month before.

September 2017