Title: West African Dance Vol 2: Kassa, Yamama, Sinté, Soli, Soko
This pack contains five dances from different regions of West Africa. If you are dancer who feels you could grow in the areas of groundedness, earthiness, arm movement, hand movement, head movement, full body coordinated movement, letting go completely, and solo movement and expression in general, these dances will send you along that path by leaps and bounds.
Soko is a 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.
Soli is from the Malinke ethnic group, traditionally used during the ritual that proceeds a boy’s initiation into manhood.
Sinté is from the Susu ethnic group of coastal Guinea, danced all year round at various village gatherings.
Yamama is 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 need for the coming year.
Kassa is 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.
This West African dance lesson originally appeared on the DVD "West African Dance Vol 2". It is our pleasure to make it available online for students of African dance and dancers who wish to cross-train in multiple disciplines.
Dance genre: West African
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