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Mande: Dancing and Drumming . T The West African Experience. What is Mande? . “Mande” is a heading of one of the major branches of the large Niger-Congo language groupings that covers most of West Africa (Charry 2000:15) - Liberia - Ghana

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Mande dancing and drumming

Mande: Dancing and Drumming

T The West African Experience


What is mande

What is Mande?

  • “Mande” is a heading of one of the major branches of the large Niger-Congo language groupings that covers most of West Africa (Charry 2000:15)

    - Liberia

    - Ghana

    - Sierra Leone

    - Senegal

    - Mali


History of mande

History of Mande

  • In the 13th century, the West African Mande (or Mali) empire was established by the legendary warrior and hero Sunjata and his allies

  • The Mande homeland is situated along the Upper Niger River roughly between Bamako in southwestern Mali and Kouroussa in northeastern Guinea


Mande dancing and drumming

Mali

  • Music is very important

    - Back in the time of the Mali Empire, griots

    performed songs for kings and nobles.

    - Mali has produced many stars of African music,

    including a number of female singers of Mande

    music

    - OumouSangare


Interview

Interview

  • Michelle Coulibaly

    -began as a ballet dancer but then later got introduced to

    African dancing by a lady from Sierra Leone

    - wanted to have a deeper understanding of how African dance

    worked

    -went to Senegal to study dance however, in Mali is where

    the dancing really affected her


Drumming

Drumming

  • In Mali, as well as in the Mande class the djembe is played.

    -meaning of the drum translates

    into “everyone gather together in

    peace”

    - lead djembe player controls the

    ensemble and engages in two

    fundamental kinds of playing

    -singing or group dancing

    - solo dancing


Dancing

Dancing

  • In Mali, performers sing to the drummers before dancing to symbolize respect

  • In public events, a circle is formed with the drummers at the head

    - dancers emerge singly or in twos and threes

    approaching the drummers, engaging with them

    for short periods of time and then falling back

    into the circle

    - those in the circle support the dancers by clapping and

    cheering


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