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African invasion

And with the Crop–Over season revving up and calypsos rotating regularly on the radio, it was a different pace for these young ones to digest some of the traditional African dances that Afrikan Master, M’Bemba Bangoura, demonstrated.

Africa is reflected in everything we do.

The way we speak, walk, dance, in the foods we eat, the relationships we nurture and our physical features.

Last evening the Frank Collymore Hall was transformed into a setting where African attributes were highlighted at The Afrikan Masters 2013. This production, which was presented in association with Akugbe, showcased West African traditional dance and drum.

It featured traditional instruments like the djembe, dununba, sangban, kenkeni and krin.

The combination of rhythm and dance, the organisers had promised would be a musical feast for the senses, and those who attended and participated in a drum and dance session could attest that it indeed was.

There was a performance by the Israel Lovell Foundation Juniors as well as performances by The Masters – Sani Abu, M’Bemba Bangoura and Fod√ Moussa Camara, who represent Guinea and Nigeria.

During the evening they were joined by trained percussionists from Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, including Michael Slocombe, Alan Legall and Alfonso Wallace, for “traditional style” presentations of Soliba/Sofa, Kon Medley, Kassa Medley and Soli Baro and Soli Babila. (KC)


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