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November 06, 2007

Jeh Kulu's West African Dance & Drum Festival [52]

Jeh_kelu9 The 13th Annual West African Dance & Drum Festival took place this weekend in Contois Auditorium in Burlington Vermont. 

Master artists from Mali, Senegal, and Guinea taught West African dance and music classes.  Festival participants traveled from far and wide to soak up the knowledge.

Saturday evening brought the high octane premiere of "Inu Sene" (Welcome Home), a celebration of West African dance, music and song to a sold-out house.

Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater was founded in 1993 and is comprised of 16 artists who share traditional rhythms and dances from the countries of Guinea, Senegal and Mali, West Africa.

How did the 3rd oldest West African Festival end up in Vermont?  Watch and learn.

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

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Comments

Aram

Wow, I'm tired just from WATCHING that. They were the most energetic performers I've ever seen. Awesome costumes too!

Precocious kids at the end of your vlog's always make me smile. Nice work.

Mistress Maeve

That was AWESOME! Can't believe I missed the show!

Michael B

We were turned away at the door Saturday night because it sold out! Glad to get a glimpse anyhow... Great video! Our first trip to Burlington (from NY), and I must say you have a steady stream of folks lining up everywhere on the Church Street Mall...

Your new compression rate works much better for me!

-Michael B

Michael B

We were turned away at the door Saturday night because it sold out! Glad to get a glimpse anyhow... Great video! Our first trip to Burlington (from NY), and I must say you have a steady stream of folks lining up everywhere on the Church Street Mall...

Your new compression rate works much better for me!

-Michael B

Molly

Ohmygosh I love it! They are amazing. Good job capturing the story and the event, Eva Shmeva.

Thiokho

Fecc bi nerr! EVERYBODY!! I missed the best show ever yet! you guys were awesome.

Chris Brown

Wow you guys! Awesome dancing and excellent docu-clips! This is a really skillful piece of editing and narration they did on your concert.

You all are so cool!

Eva

Michael B, thanks for the comment and glad you enjoyed your VT visit. Come back again real soon!

And congrats to Jeh Kulu for a masterful performance - I still get tired watching this vlog...

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