Ballet Nimba

Excitingly dynamic West African percussive beats, soaring vocals,mesmerising flute rootsy Ngoni acoustics & acrobatic dance!

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Ballet Nimba was founded by the irrepressible Idrissa Camara of Guinea in 2010 and combines musicians from across West Africa to produce a dynamic, compelling show with amazing musicianship and percussive beats that will astound you. Ballet Nimba features the rare talents of Fulani Flute and Bolon Bata players from Guinea; an Ngoni player from Cote d’Ivoire and soaring vocals from Aissata Kouyate. Percussion on Djembe, Doundouns, Kirin and Wassaoumba is provided by some of West Africa’s most outstanding percussionists.
Ballet Nimba is a versatile company and can deliver shows exclusively based on their outstanding music or combining agile and acrobatic dance.
West African music has become hugely popular with World Music enthusiasts and this is a chance to see it
fused with the dance and mythology of the region.
Here's some video footage

Ballet Nimba is based on the "African Ballet" tradition which was born in Guinea to tell the stories of the Griots
(travelling musicians and the region's oral historians) using artistic choreography and made famous by Les Ballets
Africains. Most of the members of Ballet Nimba are themselves from Griot families or have been immersed in this culture since childhood.
The name Ballet Nimba not only reflects this inspiration but is also a political statement regarding the reclamation
of the term "Ballet" and challenges the perception that African dance is something from the past to be viewed with
nostalgia, rather than the dynamic and exciting art form which it is.
" NIMBA is the most important mask from my tribe -The Baga. NIMBA in our country is strength, the joy of living, the
love of the beautiful and the attachment to our customs. We dance for Nimba, we sing for Nimba, we ask for the
protection of our ancestors" IDRISSA CAMARA.

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  • WOMEX 2013


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