After the show, I talked with Nawal and found out about a fascinating project she's involved in. Along with Góo Ba (Senegal), Zé Manel (Guinea Bissau), and Tunde Jegede (Nigeria), she's writing something called the Sahel Opera. Yep, that kind of opera. Of course, along with the operatic singing, you can expect some heavy African content (the music director is Wasis Diop!). The opera's website says it "scrutinizes the relation between Europe and Africa in a critical and humorous way."
The Sahel region is generally taken to include the lands between the Sahara to the north and the savannas to the south. Which means that small islands near Madagascar aren't traditionally included. But Nawal was pursuasive in her argument for inclusion, the Comoros being similarly Muslim and French-speaking. So the islander was accepted.
If you're from the Sahel, take note that auditions for the Sahel Opera are in April and May 2006, and the opera will premier in Bamako in November 2006 before embarking on a tour of the Sahel countries and beyond. I'll share more details when available, or check the opera's website.