2 videocassettes (118 min.) : sound, color NTSC ; 3/4 in. (U-matic).
Cassette 1 (ca. 58 min.). Traditional music / instrumental introduction to an African vigil in Senegal, featuring music played on the kora, balafon, dan, tama, and traditional drums following the inspiration of griots, master storytellers and musicians.
Keme Bourama song / dedicated to Keme Bourama, oldest brother of Samory Toure, a war chief who resisted the French penetration of West Africa.
Bineta Faye and Dienaba Ndiaye song / homage to two women famed for their skill and courage.
Masks--Coumpo--Stilts / dance depicting a young girl frightened by sacred spirits.
The yella / dance accompanied by Toucouleur songs and gourds.
Khaware / African festival in which Ndananes, important women and men, meet to confer and feast.
Cassette 2 (ca. 60 min.). Balanta (The good man from Ndam) / dance competition in the village of Ndam.
Interlude with kora (21-stringed harp).
Hunter's dance / dance accompanied by the dan, a traditional stringed instrument that can be played only by initiated men.
Mandikole (The inhabitants of Mandigue) / dances by two ethnic groups at a feast, including the doundouma, performed by the Mandigues.
Recording made possible by the cooperation of Le Ballet National du Senegal, Columbia Artists Management, Inc., and the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image of the Dance Collection of The New York Public Library.
Chef du délégation, Babacar Mbengue ; directeur artistique, Jean Pierre Leurs ; directeur du ballet, Bouly Sonko. For Columbia Artists Management, Inc.: company manager, Jonathan Ball ; technical director/lighting designer, Brad E. White, Jr. ; sound technician, Tony Rollins, Jr.
Performed by Le Ballet National du Senegal: artistes danseurs, Doumbia Adama, Dieynaba Ba, Awa Badji, Mamadou Balde, Tougourdu Camara, Tacko Demba Cissokho, Mama Djite, Arame Diop Doumbia, Lassana Kouyate, Ousseynou Kouyate, Aida Mbaye, Ndeye Bana Mbaye, Claudine Mendy, Dioncounda Ndiaye, Mamadou Ndione, Rose Ningue, Oumar Diaw Seck, Abdoulaye Toure ; artiste danseur, échassier, Michel Mendy ; artiste acrobate, Samba Bella Sall ; artiste balafoniste [balafon player], Mamady Cissokho ; artistes batteurs [drummers], Demba Balde, Sidy Cissokho, Macire Drame, Mamadou Fall, Bacary Goudiaby, Amadou Seck Mbengue, Mor Coumba Mbengue, Meissa Niang, Souleymane Sakho, Moussa Soumare ; artiste koriste [kora player], Almamy Cissokho.
Videotaped in performance at Zellerbach Auditorium, University of California, Berkeley, California, on March 4, 1995, by Niels Melo of Telepros. The first four numbers ("Traditional music" through "Masks--Coumpo--Stilts") were recorded at the evening performance; the remaining numbers (from "The yella" to the end) were recorded at the matinee performance.
Recorded with the assistance of grants from New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Titles in English and French.