Badenya '98, Jayne Cortez and the Firespitters: a tribute to Samory Turay and his time ; a festival of oral tradition, music, and dance of West AfricaAdditional title: Strategic zig zags
NamesCortez, Jayne (Performer)Nix, Bern (Instrumentalist)Coleman, Ornette Denardo (Instrumentalist)Van Buren, Tom. (Speaker)Kamara, Kewulay. (Speaker)Lee, Violet. (Lighting designer)Niang, Mamadou (Videographer)Firespitters (Musical group) (Performer)Center for Traditional Music and Dance (New York, N.Y.) (Associated name)John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Theater. (Associated name)New York Public Library. Dance Collection (Associated name)National Initiative to Preserve American Dance (Associated name)Badenya '98 (Festival) (Associated name)
African Dance Video Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1998-05-30
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 2459Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-5834 cassette four (former)
TopicsSamory, ca. 1830-1900
NotesStatement of responsibility: Presented by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in collaboration with the Badenya Organizing Committee ; concept design, organizing committee chair and master of ceremonies, Kewulay Kamara ; project director, Tom van Buren.Statement of responsibility: This performance was videotaped by the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image of the Dance Collection of The New York Public Library with the cooperation of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Badenya Organizing Committee, Mamadou Niang, John Jay College Theater, The City University of New York.Creation/production credits: Badenya Organizing Committee: chair, Kewulay Kamara, and Sherrif Ceesay, Babou Kassé, Mamadou Niang, Mahamadou Salieu Suso ; Center for Traditional Music and Dance, artistic and executive director, Ethel Raim ; sound, Douglas Rice ; lighting, Violet Lee.Performers: Introduced by Tom van Buren and Kewulay Kamara.Performers: Performed by Jayne Cortez and the Firespitters: Bern Nix (guitar), Denardo Coleman (drums), Alex Harding (baritone saxophone), Harnett Moffett (bass).Venue: Videotaped in performance at John Jay College Theater, The City University of New York, New York, on May 30, 1998. Video production: director, Mamadou Niang ; cameras, Ghasem Ebrahimian, Mark Braverman ; editing, François Bernadi.Funding: This project was made possible by a grant from the National Initiative to Preserve America's Dance (NIPAD), a program under the umbrella SAVE AS: DANCE, underwritten by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.Funding: The assistance of New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts is gratefully acknowledged.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 1 videocassette (Betacam SP) (30 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
DescriptionPerformance of a work titled Strategic zig zags: celebrating Samory's tap tap on the French colonial drumheads. The work consists of text and music ; there is no dance content. According to the program, Almamy Samory Turay (also known as Samori Toure) "was the greatest West African leader of the 19th century -- 'the Napoleon of the Sudan' -- and the finest example of African dignity expressed in resistance."
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14090283Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d74b3c20-e87f-0131-7ad6-3c075448cc4b
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