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Doundounba: Dance of the Strong Men & Women

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I am partial to community dance and love seeing men dance in community with their brethren and families.  Doundounba is one such community dance.  Historically, the dance was only performed by men. One way the dance was used was as a way to prepare for war.  The men would dance and strike each other with iron rods.  The striking was to raise the chi in much the way Native Americans strike themselves with sage or the orientals strike themselves with bamboo rods.  Another way the dance was used was as a way to solve disputes.  According to one master drummer, once a year a doundounba festival was held.  All men, with unresolved disputes would enter the arena and dance doundounba, striking each other with iron rods.  Last man standing won the dispute.

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Equinox

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Nothing symbolizes spring like drumming and dancing around a blazing fire at night! A special video re: Mammady Keita. Awake form sleep and dream! Enjoy the passion!  spring is finally here!

Cantos a Oshun

Morning Internet City!Start your morning with this wonderful salute to Oshun, Orisha of transformation, beauty, and abundance. This piece by New York-based producer Chief Osunlade blends jazz piano, horns  and a heavy disco under beat to make this piece rock for the urban Omo Orisha.   Not a traditional production of Orisha music, but one very well done .  The album; Cantos a Ochun Et Oya (Juan Valentine Re-Edit)” is available through Amazon.com and itunes. Enjoy!
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Camp Merveilles Drum & Dance Camp 2011

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The 9th Annual Camp Merveilles will be held August 3,4,5,6,7 at the Avalon Ballroom in Boulder, CO. The camp, directed by Fara Tolno will feature local and international talent such as Marietou Camara and Fode Bangora. a minimum of 5 drum & 5 dance classes will be taught each day. Costs: $375 unlimited classes, $175 10 class punch card, $20 drop in fee. Visit http://kissidugu.org to download a detailed class schedule, bet hotel and transportation information. Read the rest of this entry »

Oumou Sangare

Some music hits you in the heart.  Some in the head.  Some hit you deep, down low and make you twitch and pull your ankles together! Oumou Sangare hits there and  just right! From the heart of Mali, this inernational performer performs Waiyeina before a live audience in Rome Italy in 2009. Simple music.  Elegant  and hypnotic music that you just don’t want to stop.  Here, at Dragonhead music you can play it over and over again.  Enjoy internet Fam.  We are back!  
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