Kotèba is a kind of social satire, performed in a burlesque style in the villages of the Mandingo area in Mali. Once a year, the defects of public life are highlighted in a show, and made fun of in the open. This ancient tradition is still kept in the countryside, although it has started to go into a decline, owing to the fact that some of its values have been lost. In the 80ies, Kotèba reached the cities and a movement of actors has adapted it to urban issues. The movement has become incredibly popular and has had a tremendous influence on political life in Mali. In the course of the past thirty years, Kotèba has also been adapted for other purposes: health Kotèba, TV Kotèba, advertising Kotèba… New playwrights and directors have modernized the genre by creating written texts, while keeping what is so characteristic in original Kotèba: social satire, self-humor, and burlesque. “Kotèba Nights” shows the different aspects of this means of expression so typically African and, for some of these aspects, so terribly universal.