The Salam Festival (Peace in Arabic) opened on Monday 5 June 2017 at the Grand Théâtre de Dakar. 3rd edition of the genre, the festival initiated by the Senegalese star Youssou N’Dour is an event expected each month during the month of Ramadan to celebrate religious tolerance in Senegal.Placed under the theme of Zikr (evocation rhythmic repetition of the name of God) The 2017 edition of the Salam Festival started with the beginnings of most of the religious singers of Senegal.
Accompanied by numerous authorities, including a Moroccan delegation representing, King Mohamed VI co-sponsor of the festival (with President Sall of Senegal), Youssou N’Dour wanted to be present for the start of the event. Besides the ambassador of Mauritania, many personalities and officials were at the rendezvous.
In a pure Islamic tradition, men are separated from women. The room filled like an egg went into religious mode. The outfits are correct and the faithful in ecstasy before the official opening.
The evening began with a poem sung to the glory of the prophet of Islam by Moustapha Mbaye and was closed by the performance of Modou Afia Mbacke around 3 am. In the meantime, singers such as Sadbou Samb, Cheikh Bou Diop both of the Khadr brotherhood, Aida Faye of the Tidiane family of niassenes, Cheikh Diop Mbaye of the Mouride brotherhood had displayed their know-how and delighted the many public. The festival will end on June 17th.
A great innovation this year, the festival started in the morning with a lecture at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar (UCAD II), entitled “Locating Sufi performance, critical perspectives on music, traditions and memory “. The meeting included Youssou N’Dour, Ibarhima Thioub, Rector of Cheikh Anta Diop University, Carl Ernst of North Carolina University, Ousmane Séne Director of WARC and several intellectuals. The presence of the American university is explained by the fact that it is partner of the edition 2017 in the scientific part with the Cheikh Anta Diop University.
For Youssou N’Dour, the Salam Festival is a way of showing another facet of Islam. According to him, the example of Senegal, a country where many religions live easily and harmoniously together, is an example for the world at such fragile times when terrorism strikes and intolerance is exacerbated.