- Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:26 am #13281
babara teaching a rhythm of mamady's. from memory i think this rhythm is traditional from the forest region of guinea. maybe the long time students of mamady can fill us in a bit more. some wicked solo phrases!
Source:Sacred woods, initiation and the knife dance
In the Kelema region 12 kilometers/7 miles from Nzerekore towards Yomou, Manon girls between the ages of seven and thirteen are still trained with iron-fisted discipline to perform the kei-kei, or knife dance, after the harvest. Definitely not for the squeamish. Kelema' s inhabitants make offerings to a specific spirit to find out whether a wish will be granted. If the gourd containing the sacrifice comes back empty, the answer is yes.
The villagers of Weya, which is also near Nzerekore, are known for their healing skills. They treat sterile women, the insane, drug addicts and people with many diseases who come from distant places and even neighboring countries. For example, they break a red rooster's legs to heal fractures without touching them. Weya forest is a sacred place that visitors are not allowed to enter alone. They must ask for permission from the district chief, who also procures a guide. A foot-path winding through tall grasses leads to a strange, three-crested palm tree that indicates a supernatural place.
Video Attachement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGPMps4QRFUKarana village. Traditional healers of the Mano people, the Koloko (3 mothers) demonstrate the "Mene Doueomia".
Video Attachement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YXub0T3-QsThe Zere. Mano dance of the chimpanzees. Combining multiple techniques of the forest. The embodiment of strength.
Mano people, called also Manon people, living in Guinea in village Karana (12 kilometers to the east from Nzerekore), have had in past Kei-Kei dance with snake-girls and man with mechette, which dance is photographed in book "New adventure: Guinea" by Arkady Fiedler, and may exist also in book "Les hommes de la danse" by Michel Huet. Also We/Wee/Wè people, speaking Wester Kru languages, especially Guerre (Ngere, Guere, Gwere, Gere) tribe of Ivory Coast have similar dances (is on YouTube).
I've read one time a book "New adventure: Guinea", where Arkady Fiedler described Mano (Manon) tribe, Nzérékoré village (Guinea near Liberia), their secret forest rites and Kei-Kei dance with machettes, which resembles me Guere dance from Ivory Coast. Have you recorded something similar? Look on YouTube clip from 01:07 to 01:20: /watch?v=eO7vxfTO-wk
by lanfia80:Move from 0:07 to 0:14 was called in Capoeira "Corta Capim". When João Oliveira dos Santos (born in Itagi village, south of Bahia state) observed that move on the street, he was told that it is "the Dance of the Nagôs" (Dayomeyan "efé anagó" - various tribes from southwestern Nigeria, which understands Yorùbá language). But after years of searching the art, he found it in Salvador, met Mestre Pastinha and became his student. On the clip are also Macaco, Au-Role, Negativa moves.
We will be doing a second 2nd Mene story later this year that is very different and unlike anything seen so far. Stay tuned.
2) WEE/GUERE/DAN/YACOUBA (FROM CÔTE D'IVOIRE) & KPELLE (FROM GUINÉE FORESTIÈRE)The Zere has been practiced by the Mano of West Africa since ancient times. Check out our current update for more on the Mano and the Zere. We will have more on the Zere in future updates of AfricaWrites.
Video Attachement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO7vxfTO-wkSnake Girls. Guere Dance (Ivory Coast).
I love the temate (that's what they are called)!!! How can someone call this abusive. This a dance that has existed in the Dan culture for centuries. None of the performance I have seen have ever gotten hurt and if you seen the temate you know at one point one of the girls land on the knife no injuries. The adults even stab themselves with no injuries. I question If the protesters here are truly ivorian or even from the 18 mountain region. This use to fascinated me as child and still does.