West African Dance Vol. 2


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West African Dance Vol. 2
With Abdoulaye Camara and co-produced by Nikola Clay

Camara teaches 5 choreographies from Guinea, West Africa in an easy-to-learn, step-by-step format. Included within the DVD are songs for each dance with words and translation.

Kassa - A traditional Malinke rhythm from Upper Guinea played at all events linked to harvest as well as to encourage farmers as they plant and harvest their crops.
Soli - From the Malinke ethnic group, traditionally used during the ritual that proceeds a boy's initiation into manhood.
Sinte - From the Susu ethnic group of coastal Guinea, danced all year round at various village gatherings.
Soko - Traditional rhythm of the Komanko people of Guinea's Faranah region, originally used in male initiation but now popular throughout Guinea for weddings and other ceremonies.
Yamama - From the Susu ethnic group, also called "Mamaya." the women of the village get together once a year to honor the female spirit of Yamama. On this occasion they will ask her for whatever they will need in the coming year.

DVD Features:    

  • Dance selection   
  • Tempo selection (slow step-by-step, medium as seen from behind, or fast front view)   
  • Songs for each rhythm   
  • Bonus material of drum and dance in Guinea   
  • Bonus material of live performance footage

Yamama CD (851973) is available separately and contains all 5 of the rhythms for these dances.     


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