DJELI MOUSSA DIABATE
Moussa is the son of the Chief of
the Djelis, El Hadj Komba Ansou Diabate of Conakry, Guinea in West Africa. El
Hadj Komba Ansou Diabate for more than 35 years was a founding member of the
National Instrumental Ensemble and composer of the Guinea National Anthem.
Moussa has trained and toured
with the National Ballet Djoliba and the National Theatre of Dakar's Ballet Silimbo. A former lead dancer for the Troupe Federale de Conakry III National
Ballet of Guinea, Moussa has been a dancer all his life.
His life and membership with the great ballets of Guinea, such as Les Ballet Africain has made him one of the most respected teachers in the world. Since 1987 Mr. Diabate has choreographed, performed, lectured and taught extensively in the U.S., Japan, France and West Africa. He is the founder and artistic director of Djely Kunda West African Dance Company. Moussa currently maintains residency in Dallas, Texas.
One of Moussa's favorite students is JAMAL P. DICKERSON, who is the chief choreographer and artistic director of the Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble in Camden, New Jersey (USA). Jamal has been a dedicated student under Moussa Diabate since 1999.
* Djeli, is a
messenger of the African tradition. He or she is a historian, a teacher, and
adviser and sometimes a healer, who strongly influences African Arts and
Culture. As the author "Amadou Hampate Ba" wrote: "when a Djeli is dying, it's
like a library is burning."