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Guinea, West Africa

MOUSSA DIABATE

DECEMBER 19, 2022 - JANUARY 19, 2023

. Moussa Diabate would like you to join him on an unforgettable journey to his home country of Guinea and learn its culture through music, drum and dance.

 

Tour begins December 19, 2022 and ends January 19, 2023, but extended stay options are available.

Djeli Moussa Diabate  was borhas been one of the finest dancers with the National Ballets of Guinea and was Artistic Director for National Ballet Silimbo of Senegal for many years. He is a master dancer, drummer and musician that has toured Africa, Europe Asia and the U.S.A. He has also performed on Broadway(New York City), at Yale Repertory Theater and at Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Moussa is the son of the Chief of the Djelis, El Hadj Komba Ansou Diabate of Conakry, Guinea.  El Hadj Komba Ansou Diabate for more than 35 years was a founding member of the National Instrumental Ensemble and composer of the Guinea National Anthem. Moussa is also a Griot from the great lineage of the Diabate Family from the Malinke people of Guinea, West Africa. Moussa was taught the dance, music, storytelling, history and mythology of West Africa by his father, Komba Ansou Diabate, the "Great Griot of Guinea", and his mother, one of the premiere dancers with Les Ballet Africains. Moussa has trained and toured with the National Ballet Djoliba and the National Theatre of Dakar's Ballet Silimbo.  A former lead dancer for the Troupe Federale de Conakry III National Ballet of Guinea. Moussa came to the United States teaching traditional performing arts and worked on Broadway in George C Wolfe's production of 'The Tempest'. Moussa also worked as assistant choreographer and consultant for Savion Glover's hit show, "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk".  Since 1987,  Mr Diabate has choreographed, performed. lectured and taught extensively in the U.S, Japan, France and West Africa. He is the founder and artistic director of Djely Kunda West African Dance Company and Mandinka 13 in Dallas, Texas.

*Djeli is a messenger of the African tradition.  He or she is a historian, a teacher, and adviser. Sometimes a healer who strongly influences African arts and culture. As the author Amadou Hampate Ba wrote, "When a djeli is dying, it is like a library is burning. " 

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The Republic of Guinea, on the west coast of Africa is bordered to the north by Senegal and Mali and on the east by Mali and the Ivory Coast, on the south by Liberia and Sierra Leone, on the west by the Atlantic Ocean and on the northwest by Guinea-Bissau.

Guinea owes its frontiers mainly to the accidents of the late 19th century partition of Africa and has no geographic unity. Much of the country is mountainous and the scenery is of great beauty. Guinea can be divided into four regions, Lower Guinea, the alluvial coastal plain; Middle Guinea, the mountainous region of the Futa Jallon; Upper Guinea, a gently undulating plain with an average elevation of 1,000 ft, savanna country broken by occasional rocky outcrops; and the forested Guinea Highlands, composed of granites, schists, and quartzites, including Mt. Nimba (about 6,000 ft high), the highest point in the country. The Niger River and its important tributary, the Milo have their source in the Guinea Highlands; the Gambia and Senegal rivers in the Futa Jallon.

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