West African Dance Rhythms
By Jason Hann
approx. 61 min.
Designed for music and movement specialists, dance students, choreographers and classroom teachers. Guinee Fare, which literally translates "woman's dance", is one of the many dance rhythms of the Soussou people who inhabit the coastal region of Guinea. However, this CD is designed to be enjoyed by men, women and children of all ages.
Includes Yole, a traditional rhythm of the Temne people from Sierra Leon; KuKu, a dance from the forest region of Guinea originally used by the Koniaka people to welcome home the initiates; Triba, a dance of the Baga people used to welcome visitors into the village; Yankade/Makru, a popular dance of the Soussou people from southern Guinea; Sorsorone, a harvest dance of the Baga people; and Wolossodon, originally from Senegal. Wolossodon, known as the "slave dance", was included in this collection for its relevance to Black History. This haunting rhythm brings the past to life in a way books cannot - the fast-slow-fast tempo represents the journey from freedom to slavery and back to freedom.
The longer tracks are ideal for practice and improvisation, while the shorter versions of these rhythms are intended for choreography and student performances. Tracks 1-6 (longer versions) begin with a short signal played alone on the lead djembe and repeated throughout the piece to signal the change in the dance step. Tracks 7-11 (shorter versions) begin with a drum call followed by the signal, then followed by about 20 seconds of lead-in time to allow dancers in a performance situation to enter the stage (the next signal begins the choreography). Co-produced by Nikola Clay and used in her session at AOSA conferences.
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