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In Photos: Senegal's Joyous New Year's Celebration, the Fanal

Take a look at the long-running tradition that commemorates the rich cultural history of Senegal.

Saint-Louis, locally known by its Wolof name, Ndar, is a city in northern Senegal. It has a rich and layered history as the former colonial capital of Senegal and Mauritania. Along with the Sine-Saloum, Dakar, Touba, Cap Skirring and the beaches of Petite-Côte, Saint-Louis brings a significant amount of tourism to the country. The Jazz Festival, Le Maggal des Deux Rakaas and the newly opened Le Musée de la photographie de Saint-Louis (MuPho) have made Saint-Louis a significant point of attraction.

One long-running tradition that takes place at the end of the year is the Fanal. During the last week of December, Saint-Louis becomes extra festive. Buildings, roundabouts and parks are decorated with lights, there are evening Sabar dance parties and fashion shows, which all lead up to the grand finale: a parade of lights that celebrate the cultural history of Senegal.

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'Sailing Back to Africa as a Dutch Woman,' 2017, from Fortia. By Keyezua, photo courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery.

Our 9 Favorite African Visual Artists of 2018

We look back at the contemporary African visual artists who caught our eye this year.

This year, African visual artists have done their due diligence to carve their own path leading to creative autonomy, authentic storytelling and straight up greatness.

From photography and film, to even mixed-media art, the following have produced stand-out work that deserve their due accolades.

Feast your eyes on our nine favorite African visual artists of 2018 below.

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