An actress from the Dseu Renaissance de Pikine theater group wearing traditional Toukouleur make-up and chewing a stick toothbrush waits for rehearsal to begin at a local community center at the slum neighbourhood of Pikine in Senegal's capital Dakar, November 2009.

A Senegalese woman cools off in a swimming pool on a hot day in the capital Dakar, June 2007.

Performers from a group called Nomad Dance do somersaults during a training session at Yoff beach in Senegal's capital Dakar, November 2009.

People's shadows are cast in doorways at the "House of Slaves" on Goree Island near Senegal's capital Dakar, March 2007. Millions of Africans were shipped from places like this to a life of slavery in Brazil, the Caribbean and America.

Senegalese men play soccer on a sandy pitch near an old French colonial building on Goree Island, off the coast of the capital Dakar, September 2007.

Drummers and dancers rehearse by the ocean on Goree Island off Senegal's capital Dakar, November 2008.

An aerial view shows pools of mineral-coloured water gathered in holes dug on salt flats on the Senegalese coastline near the border with Gambia June 2006. Women collect salt by hand into 50kg (110lbs) sacks, which sell for about $2, and are traded with neighbouring Gambia and Mauritania, where the salt is mainly used for preserving fish in areas without electricity.

An aerial view shows pools of mineral-coloured water gathered on salt flats in holes dug by salt collectors on the Senegalese coastline near the border with Gambia June 12, 2006. Women collect salt by hand into 50kg (110lbs) sacks, which sell for about $2, and are traded with neighbouring Gambia and Mauritania, where salt is mainly used for preserving fish in areas without electricity.