Malick Sidibè is a Malian photographer. He captured the explosion of youth culture in the capital, Bamako, in the 1960s.

Dansez le Twist! (1965)

Dansez le Twist! (1965)

From an interview with Sidibè in the Guardian “The arrival of the twist, the cha cha cha and rock’n’roll in Mali in the late 1950s, and ­independence from France in 1960, proved a heady cocktail. Bamako’s nights got hot. The boys formed clubs to impress the girls: the Sputniks, the Wild Cats, the Black Socks. ‘We were entering a new era, and people wanted to dance,’ Sidibé says. ‘Music freed us. Suddenly, young men could get close to young women, hold them in their hands. Before, it was not allowed. And everyone wanted to be photographed dancing up close. They had to see it!’ ”

Nuit de Noël, 1963

Nuit de Noël (1963) 


Regardez moi (1962)

Regardez moi (1962)

Dansez le Twist avec Ray Charles (1969)

 More work from Malick Sidibè available online at artnet and CAACart