The lowest elevation in Ivory Coast is at sea level on the coasts.The highest elevation is Mount Nimba, at 1,752 metres (5,748 ft) in the far west of the country along the border with Guinea and Liberia.
A nine-member Ivorian female group, Bella Mondo, kept the energy at a brisk pace with a strong set of "tradimodern" offerings.
Zeynab, one of Benin's great artists, deilvered a set of song lacked local color.
The only forest left completely untouched in Ivory Coast is Taï National Park (Parc National de Taï), a 3,600 km (1,390 sq mi) area in the country's far southwest that is home to over 150 endemic species and many other endangered species such as the Pygmy hippopotamus and 11 species of monkeys. Ivory Coast is the world's largest producer of cocoa, a major national cash crop.
Other chief crops include coffee, bananas, and oil palms, which produce palm oil and kernels.
Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) is a sub-Saharan nation in southern West Africa located at 8 00°N, 5 00°W. Its southern border is a 515 km (320 mi) coastline on the Gulf of Guinea on the north Atlantic Ocean.
On the other three sides it borders five other African nations for a total of 3,458 km (2,149 mi): Liberia to the southwest for 778 km (483 mi), Guinea to the northwest for 816 km (507 mi), Mali to the north-northwest for 599 km (372 mi), Burkina Faso to the north-northeast for 545 km (339 mi), and Ghana to the east for 720 km (447 mi).
Natural resources include petroleum, natural gas, diamonds, manganese, iron, cobalt, bauxite, copper, gold, nickel, tantalum, silica sand, clay, palm oil, and hydropower.
Natural hazards include the heavy surf and the lack of natural harbors on the coast; during the rainy season torrential flooding is a danger.
The program in the Salle Lougah Francois inside the Palais de la Culture went on as scheduled, though, with a swaying tropical vibe set by Ballou Canta, a Congolese artist whose warm voice resonated well in the concert hall. Meanwhile the Women's Day concert got underway, opening with Ivorian singer Ayidrissa.
Mali's Fatoumata Diawara (pictured above) followed with an explosive set that invigorated the audience.