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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!

Ujamaa Dancers Perform at Colorado Black Arts Festival

The Ujamaa African Dancers and Drummers gave a smashing performance at the Colorado Black Arts Festival on July 19. The performance featured Fatu Lady Drummer as Musical Director, Cleopatra Jones as choreographer and local legends: Choreogapher Carmen Toure Lorenzo steppin out on the Douns, Stephan Cole Griffin, Senaku Reddick, Reuben Lorenzo, and Hip-Hop Master Deandre Carroll. The show opened with a tribute to Baba Adetunji Joda for twenty five years of teaching Yoruba dance and drum to the Denver Community. The group then proceeded to perform Kaki Lambe/Sonsornet, Mandiani with solos and a few improvisations. An excellent ending to a fun filled family packed weekend.
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Feel the Axe Choreographs to Fatu’s Music

About a couple of weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to teach a Youth Tribe Choreography/Performance class. I knew I was onto something, because my Youth Tribe Training class has some really inspirational dancers in it, and I really wanted the chance to work with them and other, more serious dancers on a deeper level. The Youth Tribe is like a mini-Sol Vida Dance Ensemble as evidenced by Fridays class at 5:30. So far, we only have two students, but these two managed to work in a delightfully, incredible way. We began with a Reggae music warm up, and proceeded to explore the world of Contact Improvisation, we worked with the concept of creating choreography without music–accapella style. Wow! After creating the choreography, I had the girls try it to three different styles of music–dubstep, electronica dance, and African drumming. Ironically enough, the piece which has the ability to go with almost anything, really came out when they did it with Fatu, Lady Drummer‘s African drumming, it was the essence of Fusion dance, as I love it. They played with speed, and worked on creating their own changes to make the choreography fluid–and they did an amazing job, and left class saying “that was so awesome,” making me believe that I may have landed upon one of my dream youth classes of all time.

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Mirai Daiko in Concert August 7, 2010

Mirai Daiko, Denver’s Premier Women’s Taiko Drumming ensemble is in concert August 7, at the Curious Theater just off the Arts Mall in Downtown Denver.  This will be an exciting performance of traditional and original Taiko drumming by a phenomenal gorup of women artists. 

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