They are considered as part of Mandé-tan (Northern Mande) peoples, together with Mandingo complex (Malinké, Maninka, Bambara/Bamana, Jula/Dyula/Dyoula/Dioula), Manianka, Sidianka, Soninké/Sarakolé/Gadjaga, Vai/Vaï/Ligbi/Ligouy, Kabounga, Toronké, Kankanké, Téné, Gbandi, Ouassoulounké, Konyanke, Koranko, Aser. Compare this group of ethnics to second big group, Mandé-fou/Mandé-fu/Mandé-pu/Mandé-bu (Southern Mande), consisting of such ethnies as Koniagui, Landouman, Nalou, Baga, Limba, Gola, Kissi, Mendé, Toma/Loma, Kpellé/Gouerzé, Manon, Konon, Vaï, Dan, Gouro. Khassonké are speaking Xaasongaxango language. Machat in "Guinée Française. Les rivières du sud et le Fouta-Djallon" (Paris, 1906) wrote about them, that thay are metises between the Foulbé people and the Mandingue people. For sure they are descendants of the Fula and Malinké Khasso kingdoms, living now mainly in Kayes Region of Mali.
List of their dances:
- Biré - list of chants/songs to the Biré dances: Wurubu Huma, Dada Hanja Guagna, Kerin Saraya, Lele Huma, Kandidramo;
- Tage (as among Soninké smiths),
- Jali Donŋo,
- Jon Donŋo or Jubalia.
Not sure about Birea Dansa - if it is a mixture of the Biré and the Dansa, or the Biré itself, but you can look on example rhythm here
For more info go to this thread
or Sarakholé or Gadjaga
Their prominent clans (now subgroups) are Maraka and Wangara.
André Arcin wrote about them, that they are of race Mandée, in branch of So (together with Soussou, Dialonké, Dioula, Vei, Loko). Compare So branch to another one of Mandée race: branch of Ma (consisting of Malinké, Manianka, Konianka, Bamana or Bambara, Ouassoulouké, Kissi, Toma). Soninké people today are considered to be the descendants of the Bafour people, similarly as closely related Imraguen people of Mauritania.
List of their dances:
- Donka (Soninké griots originally played it on the sand glass shaped drum of the same name),
- Demba (as in name of association Dembancane Jikke; another denominations for this rhythm and dance: Dembafoli or Dembadon; adressed especially to the mother of honor Dembatigi or Denba, played on weddings or on festival for honour the mother: Denbatulonkè),
- Tagué/Tagé/Také (of Soninké smiths),
- probably also Sandiya...
For details on rhythms and for more info go to this topics