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.
- 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.