Body of Knowledge
Interviews with natives of African Atlantic diaspora rhythm codes and West African living culture.
Countless tribes, a continuum of culture
Ewe & Gha rhythms, Sankofa architecture
"Birth we dance, harvest we dance, death, we dance." Traditional rhythms have ritual purpose and a vocabulary of steps. Lucky Lartey embodies rhythm through his Jamestown Collective and avant-garde architectural experiments in Sankofa space-time.
Mandinka rhythm master
Karamako 'Kako' Kone plays rivers of rhythm from Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso. Kako shares insights from 30 years of call-and-response with dancers – ritual rhythms as intricate as lace, as urgent as Morse Code. Join Kako on a YouTube tour of dance from Conakry, Abidjan and Bamako.
Tic Toc, Butterfly, Jook – embodied languages of Jamaican Dancehall.
Ancestral rhythms of Orishas in Trinidad & Tobago
orishas & Duption
Ade Ola's island home of Trinidad & Tobago is rich in community arts. Distant drums connected Ade with the Orisha rhythms of his ancestors. He shares vocal percussion (duption) and other innovations that kept ancestral African rhythms alive in Trinidad & Tobago throughout slavery and drum prohibitions.
Dancehall via Guadeloupe
From Stay Clear to Skank, from Bogle to Jook – Diane Eliot schools us in the colourful language of dancehall steps, and choreographs a crowd to the Kreyol lyrics of 'Debrouya.' Diane is a personal trainer at Diane Fit Coach, and teaches dancehall at Motion Lab Toulouse.
Dancehall & Break via French Guyana
A breaker since his teens, Bibiw Knox learned dancehall codes with battle-champ Steady and other collaborators. Bibiw likes to mix the 'bad' with the 'smooth'. Bibiw teaches at Motion Lab Toulouse.
Jook Joints, Honky Tonks, Ballrooms, Ciphers
Blues: embracing rhythms
Blues dance native and international educator Damon Stone on close embrace, code-switching, idiom styles and more. In his teens, Damon danced an early form of hip hop called West Coast Funk. Damon bridges cultural divides, educating guests of black culture on blues dance values, history and aesthetics. Interview Pt. 3 was origninally recorded by The Blues Room for a Zoom audience.
Blues: bars, balls, boats
Raised in African American, European, and Native American vernacular, Brenda Russell offers a unique perspective on Americana. She's passionate about preserving blues dance idioms through performance, festival curation, international and online workshops.
hip hop & Jazz via paris
Joyss shares his journey from the world of hip hop ciphers to award-winning jazz solos and genre-bending choreographies. This interview with Julien Augier originally aired on the Blablaswing podcast in February 2021, and is linked and translated here with permission.
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