A village drum circle in pictures

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The Senegalese start dancing young; after experiencing several drum circles now (and getting thrown into the middle of all of them) I’m convinced it’s genetic

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“Amde” means ‘to dance’ in Pulaar. There are a few classic moves that everyone knows but mostly you move to the beat of the drums and make the dance an expression of whatever you want

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For anyone who read my post about pants vs Senegalese complets: no, I have no idea how they move like that in those skirts

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The only rule of a drum circle is to stay out of the middle unless you’re dancing; the bigger the movement and the faster the speed the better

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While women of all ages typically dominate drum circles, some men (and energetic boys!) have crazy moves and really get the drummers to respond

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