This website is devoted to the Zarma people and the language they speak.
It has been
almost thirty years ago that my wife and I first set foot on the African continent, 1983 to be precise.
We lived and worked in Niger for three years
after a training of a couple of weeks in Burkina Faso
(Upper Volta at that time). We enjoyed some
short stays in other countries, Benin and Togo,
as well. This stay in West Africa has made
an ineradicable impression. As someone once said: "If you've been bitten by the African bug, you will never ever be able to get it out of your mind."
It was one of the reason I started to work
out the ideas for this
and the Zarma
language course in 2003.
With this website I hope to show you some of the richness of the
music of the people living in the
Songhay region of West Africa.