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Tom van Buren, Ph.D.

Tom van Buren, Ph.D., was Director of Field Research and Presentation at CTMD, and directed the West African Community Cultural Initiative from 1996-2000.

A Bridge of Hope: Sidiki Conde

November 3, 2007
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If you have been following the work of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD), you probably know of Sidiki Conde, the dancer from Guinea and leader of the African music and dance troupe called Tokounou. If you have seen him perform, you won’t soon forget the marvel of his dancing on his hands. What […]

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Abdoulaye Diabate and Super Manden: West African Troubadours in New York

July 22, 2007
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An 800-Year Tradition Super Manden is a collective of musicians based in New York City, who are dedicated to the performance and teaching of the Malinke oral tradition of Central West Africa known as Jaliya. Passed from generation to generation of hereditary musicians and storytellers, this tradition forms the basis for the larger Mandinka, or Manden […]

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