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Bono and U2. image by Ros O'Gorman

Bono and U2. image by Ros O'Gorman

Bono Plays Timbukto As Terrorist Threats Curb Mali Festival

by Andrew Tijs on January 17, 2012

in News

Bono has performed in Timbukto but terrorist threats have been keeping foreigners away from the Mali music festival.

Bono and U2. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Bono and U2. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

The Telegraph reports that Bono of U2 has appeared on stage during the opening night of the Mali Desert music festival.

But the star power hasn’t been able to resurrect the fortunes of the festival, which was previously a major world music event with thousands of attendees, and this year only had around 300 paying tourists.

Organisers have put it down to al Qaeda’s Saharan wing, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and their recent predilection for taking Western hostages for ransom.

Incidents have interfered with the effectiveness of international aid groups in the area.

The festival reportedly has three thousand non-paying locals and nomadic Saharan Tuaregs attending alongside the small contingent of international visitors.

Watch Bono on stage and enjoying the festivities from the crowd in a clip from The Telegraph below.

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