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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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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.

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