Dankarafule, an African cultural celebration: a tribute to Papa Ladji Camara

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Dankarafule, an African cultural celebration: a tribute to Papa Ladji Camara
Camara, Ladji, 1923- (Performer)
Yarbrough, Camille (Host)
Ishangi, Kwame (Host)
Berry, Stafford C (Choreographer)
Koumbassa, Youssouf (Performer)
Dinizulu, Kimati (Performer)
Cortez, Jayne (Performer)
Kamara, Kewulay (Speaker)
Suso, Foday Musa (Performer)
Niang, Mamadou (Videographer)
Diaby, Ibrahima (Videographer)
Ballets Africains de Papa Ladji Camara (Performer)
Seventh Principle Performance Group (Performer)
Ballets Bagata (Performer)
Frères Guinée (Dance company) (Performer)
Learning Alliance (Firm) (Associated name)
New York Public Library. Dance Collection (Associated name)
Camara, Ladji, 1923- (Speaker)

African Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1995-10-08
Table of Contents
Reel 1. [Music and dance] (ca. 20 min.) / performed by Africa Jaliya Kafo: Salieu M. Suso (kora, vocals [and introductions]), Sarjo Kuyateh (kora, vocals), Lanssana Kuyateh (balafon), Karamba Jobarteh (dondon ba), Nakoyo Suso (dance and vocals), and Erik Goldman (guitar). |||| [Speeches and prayers] (ca. 13 min.) / by Camille Yarbrough, Baba Kwame Ishangi, Ali Abdullah, and Amadou Boli. |||| Reel 3. [Speeches] (ca. 8 min.) / by Mensah Wali and Aboubacar. |||| [Music and poetry] (ca. 18 min.) / performed by Jayne Cortez and the Firespitters: Jayne Cortez (voice), Deonardo Cruz (drums), Al MacDowell (bass), and Bern Nix (guitar). |||| [Speech] (ca. 4 min.) / by Kewulay Kamara. |||| [Music] (ca. 18 min.) / performed by Foday Musa Suso: Foday Muso [sic] (koba), Manu Walton (congas), and Abdul Hakeem (guitar). |||| [Speech] (ca. 1 min.) / by Kewulay Kamara. |||| Reel 4. [Drum solo and speech] (ca. 13 min.) / by Papa Ladji Camara. |||| [Presentation of photo album to Papa Ladji; music and dance finale] (ca. 12 min.) / by Kewulay Kamara, Papa Ladji Camara, Les Ballets Africains de Papa Ladji Camara, and others. |||| [Music and dance] (ca. 14 min.) / performed by Les Ballets Africains de Papa Ladji Camara: dancers, Linda Crews, Diana Taylor, Pat Mabry, Akua Brabham, Kevin Nathaniel [Hylton], Fanyuma Camara, Carolyn Webb, Esther Grant, Aisha Griffin, Malika Iman, and Beverly Rouget ; drummers, Kehinde Donaldson, James M. Cherry, Ronald Gray, Robert Palmer, and Alisha Zebulon. |||| [Speeches] (ca. 14 min.) / by Ray McKethan, Wali Rahman, and Rhonda Morna. |||| Reel 2. [Music and dance] (ca. 15 min.) / choreography, Stafford C. Berry, Jr. ; performed by the Seventh Principle Performance Company: dancers, Stafford C. Berry, Candace M. Hundley, Rhonda Holland, Dionne B. Kamara, C. Kemal Nance, and Monique Newton ; musicians, Stefon Harris (arranger, percussion), Khalil Kwame Bell (djembe, percussion), Jason Moran (piano), and Lance Murphy (saxophone). |||| [Speeches] (ca. 6 min.) / by Elombe Brath and Afida Derby. |||| [Music and dance] (ca. 13 min.) / choreography, Youssouf Koumbassa ; performed by Les Ballets Bagata, featuring Youssouf Koumbassa (executive director) ; dancers, Timothy Bishop, Robin Gee, Michael Kibi Haynes, Sebronie Koumbassa, Lavette Diane Scott, Kennan Scott, Amma (Pam) Wilson, and Alisha Zebulon ; drummers, Youssouf Koumbassa, M'bemba Bangoura, and Karamba Dambakate ; bala, Lansana Kouyate. |||| [Music and dance] (ca. 17 min.) / performed by Les Frères Guinée: Lansana Kouyate, Mbemba Bangoura, Youssouf Koumbassa, Karamba Damake, Moussa Camara, Mohamed Diabi, Tenefin Diabate, Ali Diabate, Mamasa Camara, Fatou Camara, Alassane Souma, Abdoulaye Sillah, Momoso Camara, and Abou Sillah. |||| [Music] (ca. 8 min.) / performed by Kimati Dinizulu (drum), Songa of the Valley and Bassirou Jorbateh (percussion). |||| [Speech] (ca. 3 min.) / by David Levine of the Learning Alliance.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2344
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-5008 (former)
Camara, Ladji, 1923-
Music -- Africa
Music -- Guinea
Dance -- Guinea
Drummers (Musicians)
Dance, Black -- United States
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: presented by Kewulay Kamara in association with the Learning Alliance.
Statement of responsibility: Recording made possible by the cooperation of Papa Ladji Camara, Kewulay Kamara, the Learning Alliance, and the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image of the Dance Collection of The New York Public Library.
Performers: Masters of ceremonies: Camille Yarbrough and Baba Kwame Ishangi.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at Symphony Space, New York, on October 8, 1995, by Mamadou Niang and Ibrahima Diaby.
Funding: Recorded with the assistance of grants from New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Physical Description
Extent: 4 videocassettes (Betacam SP) (197 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
An evening of speeches and performances in honor of Papa Ladji Camara and his contributions to African-American dance and music.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12400526
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 02c68100-72e1-0134-15a0-00505686a51c
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