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La Nuit de Vesunna - Danses et musiques traditionnelles du Sénégal

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Collectif Cricao

A performance combining traditional Senegalese dance and music.

Two dancers and two musicians explore the everyday scenes, myths and legends which connect Senegal to what was formerly the vast Mandinka Empire (spanning modern day Mali, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Sierra Leone, a huge expanse of land 1200km from East to West and 1000km North to South).


The popular energy of traditional Senegalese dancing (“Sabar”) and griot rhythms meet the spiritual beauty of “Baye Fall” songs of praise (a Muslim sect descended from “Mouridism”, a Sufi brotherhood most prominent in Senegal. Its beliefs place total power and absolute faith in God and the marabout).


These traditional dances and songs are performed by the Cricao collective, based in Toulouse. Cricao is a gathering of artists, researchers and scientists devoted to presenting a pluralistic, sensitive vision of the arts and cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa, from their deepest roots to their most contemporary manifestations.

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Dancers: Khady Sarr, Kikan Agiyah
Musicians: Baye Cheikh Mbaye, Mamadou Lamine Mbaye

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  • Place of capture : Tour de Vésone
  • Collection : Mimos 2010

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