This past weekend, we’ve celebrated the mini-festival – a warm up for the main event that runs every year between Christmas and New Year. As I’ve stated before in these pages, the festival is the yearly highlight for Abene and is the one time that the village springs to life. It remains to be seen whether this year will be as popular, given difficulties many tourists have had with the new visa, but this weekend has proved the performances should be as electric as ever.
I attended two out of the three nights, once on my own and once with Khady and Gulliver. He danced with everybody along the front row and would have danced straight down the aisle had I let him. I’ll be amazed if he doesn’t end up as a master drummer or dancer.
The pictures below include Wakily, Soliwoulen, Dimbaya and Mama Africa, some of Abene’s most popular drum and dance troupes. As always I was blown away by the power of tens of drummers thrashing a primal beat as dancers – both the groups and members of the audience – thrilled the audience with their speed, rhythm and contortionist like moves. I’ll shut up and let the pictures speak for themselves.
See some more images in this slideshow:
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