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Ta Boh M'Bareh Dankawalie

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Additional title: Visit My Home
Kamara, Kewulay (Director)
Kamara, Kewulay (Editor)
Kamara, Kewulay (Film producer)
Riley, Justin (Editor)

African Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2015-03-16
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 5007
Creoles (Sierra Leone)
Dance -- Sierra Leone
Music -- Sierra Leone
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: Directed and Filmed by Kewulay Kamara.
Content: Widescreen.
Creation/production credits: Music, El Hadj Djeli Sory Kouyate (Boloba), Medo Kuyateh, Jali Karifa and Jali Konde (Nafulé), Jali Tigi Sury Gibateh and Jalli Manomoh Sury 'Nyatisufah' Gibateh (Fakolie) ; edit by Justin Riley, Kewulay Kamara.
Venue: Videotaped during visit to Dankawalie, Sierra Leone, 2015 March 16.
Acquisition: Gift; Kewulay Kamara ; 2015.
Physical Description
Born digital
Extent: 1 video file (16 min.) : sound, color
"Taboh M'bareh is a photographic journey to Dankawalie village in northeastern Sierra Leone. Dankawalie is situated under the Bandanbeh (the great silk cotton tree) in the foothills of the Loma Mountains, the watershed of the great River Niger that draws a wide arch across West Africa as it flows northeast and southwest into the Gulf of Guinea. Ta Boh M'bareh takes the viewer from the Island of Jamaica by air to land in Freetown the capital of Sierra Leone. Repatriated and emancipated Africans from North America and England founded Freetown. Maroons from Jamaica and more Africans from slaving ships intercepted towards the end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade later joined this group. Collectively, their descendants are known as Creole and they speak a language called Krio. Once in Freetown, Ta Boh M'bareh moves from the viewer through the busy streets of Freetown to Dankawalie, over two hundred miles into the interior, where tradition and transformation are evident. In Dankawalie, deep traditions endure and the young flower in the wisdom and caring hands of elders. Everyone, young and old, takes pride in work. Music and dance are everywhere. Fun does not spoil seriousness. Work is play and play is work. Traditional education meets modern education. In the flowing streams, rushing rapids and broad smiles bring the abundant riches in nature and culture. Everywhere, people interact with plants and animals. And children learn to care for all. For over thirty years, poet storyteller Kewulay Kamara documents life in Dankawalie." -- notes from Vimeo, Ta Boh M'bareh Dankawalie.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: 906940483
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20596142
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 29171310-4b66-0133-cdf9-60f81dd2b63c
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Ta Boh M'Bareh Dankawalie" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2015.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Ta Boh M'Bareh Dankawalie" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 22, 2024.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (2015). Ta Boh M'Bareh Dankawalie Retrieved from

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Ta Boh M'Bareh Dankawalie