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Mamady Keita: Triba

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Mamady Keita was born to drum. This Master Drummer has traveled the world sharing the beauty of the Wassolou and Mendeng traditions of his people.  He is one of the few Master Drummers to garner an international following and success.  Notice the use of “breaks” creating musical interludes in the composition.  Keita and his drummers seem to play with little effort or exertion.  But, we know they are working hard!

National Ballet of Senegal 2006

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Senegalese artists had a tremendous impact on African dance in the United States as the result of the influences of Mor Thiam and Katherine Dunham between 1968 and 1974. This video of the National Ballet of Senegal filmed in 2006 is  excellent  in that it shows the use of both the djembe, indigenous to the Mandeng cultures of the Old Mali Empire and the Sabar of the Wolof people of Senegal!

Sabar Dance of the Wolof: Two Clips

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One Master Drummer told us that During the Civil Wars to Unite the Old Mali empire the Wolof king turned his back on the rising king, Sundiata Kinte.  Once Sundiata conquered the nations, he turned and chased the  king through Africa and to the Western Coast of Senegal.  Once there, Sundiata  forced him and his people to  dance and expose their genitals, a way of expressing their shame for their tribal conduct.  I don’t know if the story is true, but there is definitely no dance form like Sabar, where the movements are so openly sensual and sexual.  It may have started as a dance of disgrace centuries ago, but it is definitely a moving, sensual and erotic form of dance.

The History of Djembe Drumming in America: Part 2

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Four Year Old Slams on the Djembe

Sometimes we have to stop and celebrate little joys and expressions of creativity.  This is one of those times. Check out this four year old playing the djembe!  Now that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout! share love with your children!
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