• To integrate in the popular cultural practices, the preservation and enhancement of the musical heritage of dance and puppetry and masks;
  • To encourage the preservation and enhancement of this heritage and revive it;
  • To valorize oral tradition by developing exchange, research and conservation activities (Cultural Weekends);
  • To sensitize the youth on the need to preserve and enhance the traditional musical and culinary heritage;
  • To Collect objects of the museum heritage from African countries (musical instruments, ornaments and costumes for the music and dances, masks and puppets, rhythmic sounds, images and archives, documentary films ....)
  • To initiate pupils to instruments of traditional music and dance.
  • To restore the objects of the museum heritage in their living dimension,
  • To organize study tours for the audience.
  • To promote African music and dance.



The "Sogobo" is the parade of masks and puppets. Troupes or associations of masks and puppets "sogow" from villages present their sogow, masks and giant puppets often zoomorphic.

Rich in symbols and stories, sogow represent animals and people that parade and dance in front of the villagers during specific ceremonies (winter beginning, harvest time, circumcision, etc).


Cultural Weekend


The center has established a monthly event to exchange and promote art expressions called “Le Weekend Culturel du Kôrè” .

Every Friday evening is devoted to the taste of traditional food from Mali, live music, theatre, dance, and storytelling. (Rituals and oral traditions).

Saturdays’ activities are dedicated to artistic initiations (Introduction to traditional and modern musical instruments and dances). This day ends with live music, “Saturday Show”, and a film evening, “Kôrè Cinema”.

There is also a literary café called “Kôrè Baro”, which is held monthly on the first Saturday.

Learn more about the “Weekend Culturel du Kôrè”

Learn more about the “Weekend Culturel du Kôrè”


Kore Dugaw


KORE and KORE Dugaw :

Famous since ancient times, the Kôrè Dugaw belong to a secret and mystical society that places discipline as the base of their group. The Kôrè Dugaw play an important role in the Bamanan initiation rites of the Kôrè (Bamanan: a large ethnic group, if not the largest in Mali).

Three main features characterize the ritual behavior of the Kôrè Dugaw:

• A humorous and festive attitude,
• The use of obscene language
• and the use of feminine accessories (jewelry, fake breasts, hairpieces)

They move from village to village to ask for rain or chase away misfortune. They read the shapes formed by a handful of earth on the ground.

They strike for peace; they are involved in the resolution of conflicts.

The emblems of the Kôrè dugaw are:

• The Kôrè Dugaso: a wooden horse head mounted on a stick that can be riden
• A rattle made up of calabash and necklaces in red and white beans.

Their annual events begin with offerings to the Kôrè Dugaso. The Master of Ceremonies rides the wooden “horse” afterwards traditional dances begin.

The Kôrè Dugaw have an extensive knowledge of the laws of Nature and are humble. They preserve all kinds of objects: like beads, animal tails, wigs, objects of manufacture, etc. They dance in groups, making a game of social behavior.


Kôrè's Cultural weekend

Museum Kôrè