This has been a somewhat quiet but constructive year for the Géwël Tradition Project. The focus has been on using the materials from the archives to present ngéwël history and culture and the work of the project to the public through presentations, publications and an increased on-line presence. Our biggest accomplishments were:

March 2013

Géwël Tradition Project opened a Face Book Page

Gewel FB Page

Géwël Tradition Project FB Page

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Géwël-Tradition-Project/593776840649951

April 2013

Moustapha Faye was the Visiting Scholar and Artist in Residence for the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University, Boston, MA. Moustapha’s fourth residency for the Black Studies Program was a huge success.

Moustapha Faye teaching dance class.

Moustapha Faye teaching dance class at Suffolk University.

Spring 2013

The Géwël Tradition Project: Supporting A Living Tradition

An article on the Géwël Tradition Project was published in the Spring issue of African Arts Magazine.

African Arts magazine cover

African Arts magazine cover

http://www.mitpressjournals.org/action/showMultipleAbstracts?doi=10.1162%2FAFAR_a_00045&href=%2Ftoc%2Fafar%2F46%2F1&title=African+Arts+-+Volume+46%2C+Issue+1+-+Spring+2013

October 2013

Dancing Through Time and Space: African Dance and the Géwël Tradition of Senegal at Suffolk University

An article on the dance class that the Project has taught at Suffolk University since 2005 was published in the Journal of Pan African Studies, an on-line journal.

Journal of Pan African Studies Cover

Journal of Pan African Studies Cover

http://www.jpanafrican.com/docs/vol6no5/6.5-Bellinger.pdf

The Géwël Tradition Project would like to wish everyone a prosperous and productive New Year! May we all continue to learn from and share with each other. And int hat spirit we invite you to continue to visit the Géwël Tradition Project’s blog and Facebook page. We also invite you to read the articles about the project in the publications above, and please let share your comments on either the blog or Facebook page. Thank you for your continued support in 2014.

Remembering the Elders

January 1, 2014

The child looks everywhere and often sees nought; but the old man sitting on the ground sees everything.    -Wolof

One of the most important natural resources that a community has is its elders. It is said that a long life brings wisdom. An elder is a repository for a lifetime of learning and experience as well as for the wisdom gained from his or her elders. So a physically long life, by linking to previous generations adds cultural, historical and spiritual length to a physically long life. And because during their lifetime elders have welcomed many when they entered the world and have bid farewell to many who have departed, elders know their communities. This is why they are and should be revered. To gain knowledge from an elder, to have the opportunity to listen to or converse with an elder, and take in the wisdom that such an exchange will bring, is a special thing. But it is an even greater blessing when one can sit in the shadow of an elder, even if only for a brief time. To share space with an elder during moments of quiet reflection, to feel the wake of their energy, amassed over their lifetime, washing over you, and through you, informing you and enriching you with its power. This is special. As we start the new year The Géwël Tradition Project would like to remember all of the elders who have made a transition from this plane, especially Elhadji Moussa Faye and Nelson Madiba Mandela.

Elhadji Moussa Faye

Elhadji Moussa Faye

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

A parent dies in the body, but not in the minds of the children.  -Ganda

 

In addition to teaching university students during his time as Artist in Residence, Moustapha has also shared the power and joy of the Sing Sing Experience with a variety of young people in the Greater Boston area. These are a few photos of Moustapha at work.

Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA

Moustapha teaching drums to students at the Cambridge School of Weston.

Moustapha teaching drums to students at the Cambridge School of Weston.

Moustapha teaching drums to students at the Cambridge School of Weston.

Moustapha teaching drums to students at the Cambridge School of Weston.

Students at the Cambridge School of Weston in sabar drum class.

Students at the Cambridge School of Weston in sabar drum class.

Students at the Cambridge School of Weston in sabar drum class.

Students at the Cambridge School of Weston in sabar drum class.

The Gold School, Brockton, MA

Moustapha and students at the Gold School.

Moustapha and students at the Gold School.

Students at the Gold School.

Moustapha and students at the Gold School.

Students at the Gold School.

Moustaph and students at the Gold School.

Students at the Gold School.

Students at the Gold School.

Whether taking a drum class or a dance class with Moustapha, the students all had a wonderful experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moustapha Faye has been Artist in Residence and Instructor for the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University in Boston during the month of April. The residency was established through a partnership between the Black Studies Program and the Géwël Traditon Project (see previous post for a history of this relationship). Below are some photos of the Moustapha and his class.

Moustapha teaching students in the saber dance class.

Moustapha teaching students in the sabar dance class.

Moustapha leading students in the saber dance class.

Moustapha leading students in the sabar dance class.

Students in the saber dance class.

Students in the sabar dance class.

Students in the saber dance class.

Students in the sabar dance class.

Students in the saber dance class prepare to present what they learned.

Students in the sabar dance class prepare to present what they learned.

Moustapha preparing students to present what they learned.

Moustapha preparing students to present what they learned.

Sabar dance class 2013

Sabar dance class 2013

 

2001

Sabar Dance Workshop, organized by Kevin King and Moustapha Faye,

offered in Senegal at the Suffolk University Dakar Campus. (Spring 2001)

Students dance at first sabar dance workshop, Suffolk University Dakar Campus.

Students dance at first sabar dance workshop, Suffolk University Dakar Campus.

Dance teacher and drummers Moustapha Faye and Malick Ngom (front) with  Sipho Bellinger and Nailah Randall Bellinger, after class.

Dance teacher Aisatou and drummers Moustapha Faye and Malick Ngom (front) with Sipho Bellinger and Nailah Randall Bellinger, after class.

2002

Sabar: The Music and Dance of Senegal, organized and taught by

Professor Robert A. Bellinger, Kevin King and Moustapha Faye, first offered

for academic credit at the Suffolk University Dakar Campus. (August 2002)

Suffolk students in sabar dance class in Dakar.

Suffolk students in sabar dance class in Dakar.

(l-r) Malick Ngom, Doudou Faye, Kevin King, Moustapha Faye and Suffolk students taking drum class in Dakar.

(l-r) Malick Ngom, Doudou Faye, Kevin King, Moustapha Faye and Suffolk students taking drum class in Dakar.

2003

Sabar Dance Workshop, organized by Professor Robert A. Bellinger and

taught by Lamine Touré, presented by the Collection of African American Literature and the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University, Boston. (Fall 2003)

2004

Sabar Dance Workshop, organized by Professor Robert A. Bellinger and

taught by Lamine Touré, presented by the Collection of African American Literature and the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University, Boston. (Fall 2004)

2005

Sabar: The Music and Dance of Senegal, taught by Professor Robert

A. Bellinger and Lamine Touré, first offered for academic credit by the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University, Boston. (Spring 2005)

2006

Sabar: The Music and Dance of Senegal, taught by Professor Robert

A. Bellinger and Lamine Touré, offered for academic credit by the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University, Boston. (Spring 2006)

Suffolk students presenting the dances they learned in class.

Suffolk students presenting the dances they learned in class.

2007

Sabar: The Music and Dance of Senegal, taught by Professor Robert

A. Bellinger and Lamine Touré, offered for academic credit by the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University, Boston. (Spring 2007)

2008

Sabar: The Music and Dance of Senegal, taught by Professor Robert

A. Bellinger and Lamine Touré, offered for academic credit by the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University, Boston. (Spring 2008)

Lamine Touré teaching sabar dace class at Suffolk.

Lamine Touré teaching sabar dace class at Suffolk.

Sing Sing Faye, Moustapha Faye, Aziz Faye and Malick Ngom are

Suffolk University Distinguished Visiting Scholars and Artists in Residence for the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University, Boston. (April 2008)

Sing Sing at Suffolk

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Aziz and Lamine Diallo explaining the sabar drum

Aziz and Lamine Diallo explaining the sabar drum

2009

Sabar: The Music and Dance of Senegal, taught by Professor Robert

A. Bellinger and Moustapha Faye with Aziz Faye and Malick Ngom, offered

for academic credit at the Suffolk University Boston Campus. (Fall 2009)

Moustapha Faye, Aziz Faye and Malick Ngom are Suffolk University Distinguished Visiting Scholars and Artists in Residence for the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University, Boston. (October – December 2009)

Celebrate Senegal, a conference on the sabar tradition of Senegal,

presented through lectures, films, demonstrations, classes, workshops and

performances is presented by the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University, Boston. (October -December 2009)

Moustapha (center) with Malick (right) and Kimani (left).

Moustapha (center) with Malick (right) and Kimani (left).

Aziz leads the dancers from the dance class.

Aziz leads the dancers from the dance class. (Prestige Image)

Before the show.

Before the show. (Photo by Ken Martin)

Celebrate Senegal Conference Poster

Celebrate Senegal Conference Poster

2011

Sabar: The Music and Dance of Senegal, taught by Professor Robert A. Bellinger offered for academic credit by the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University, Boston. (Spring 2011)

Suffolk students dancing sabar in class.

Suffolk students dancing sabar in class.

 Suffolk Student dancing sabar in class.


Suffolk Student dancing sabar in class.

Suffolk Student dancing sabar in class.

Suffolk Student dancing sabar in class.

2012

Sabar: The Music and Dance of Senegal, taught by Professor Robert

A. Bellinger and Moustapha Faye with Nogaye Ngom and Malick Ngom, offered for academic credit by the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University, Boston. (Spring 2012)

Moustapha Faye, Nogaye Ngom and Malick Ngom are Artists in Residence for the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University, Boston. (October -December 2009)

Moustapha Faye.

Nogaye teaching Suffolk University students

Nogaye teaching Suffolk University students at the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio.

Moustapha instructing students in sabar drumming.

Moustapha instructing students in sabar drumming in the Donahue Building, Suffolk University.

Pape Faye, Malick Ngom and Moustapha Faye.

Pape Faye, Malick Ngom and Moustapha Faye.

2013

Sabar: The Music and Dance of Senegal, taught by Professor Robert

A. Bellinger and Moustapha Faye, offered for academic credit by the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University, Boston. (Spring 2013)

Moustapha Faye is Artist in Residence for the Suffolk University Black

Studies Program at Suffolk University, Boston. (October – December 2009)

Moustapha Faye teaching dance to students at Suffolk University.

Moustapha Faye teaching dance to students at Suffolk University.

Moustapha Faye preparing dance students for Celebration of Senegal.

Moustapha Faye preparing dance students for Celebration of Senegal.

Abdoulaye Bậll

Abdoulaye Bậll

A kind spirit with a gentle, caring heart,

with an infectious laugh that reflected the joy he found in life,

and a voice that embodied the drums that he loved so much.

His presence will be missed but he will remain in our collective memories.

Abdoulaye Bậll and Moustapha Faye

Abdoulaye Bậll and Moustapha Faye

Abdoulaye Bậll

Abdoulaye Bậll

Abdoulaye Bậll

(front l-r) Abdoulaye Bậll, Vieux Sing Faye, Moussa DIang, Moustapha Faye. (back row l-r) Lamine Faye, Bakari Diom, El Hadji Moussa Faye, Papa Chas Faye ad Isma Aw.

This i a video of the dance class that Nogaye Ngom taught to the students who were enrolled in the class Sabar: The Music and Dance of Senegal atSsuffolk University during the month of April 2012. Nogaye created choreography to a bakk that was played by her uncle Moustapha Faye and brother Malick Ngom. The choreography/bakk while based on traditional sabar dance movements also incorporated some of the most recent popular dances in Senegal such as yousa representing the fact that sabar is a living art form that is both traditional and modern at the same time.

Stay tuned for more videos soon.

On Sunday, April 29 Moustapha, Nogaye and Malick, along with Pape Faye, played a sabar party at Teranga Restaurant in Boston’s South End. There were quite a few people who came for the party and quite a few who came for the food and had the extra benefit of the party. At any rate, bringing sabar drums to a Senegalese restaurant was a natural combination that added the a fitting ambiance.

Nogaye and Malick relax before the party.

Nogaye and Malick relax before the party.

Moustapha plays outside of Teranga.

Moustapha plays outside of Teranga.

Mloustapha and Pape Faye play outside of Teranga.

Mloustapha and Pape Faye play outside of Teranga.

Sarah joins the drummers.

Sarah joins the drummers.

Playing at Teranga.

Playing at Teranga.

Marie-Claude, owner of Teranga Restaurant, dances to the rhytms.

Marie-Claude, owner of Teranga Restaurant, dances to the rhytms.

Dancing to the drums.

Dancing to the drums.

Nogaye dancing at Teranga.

Nogaye dancing at Teranga.

Sarah dances to the sabar drums.

Sarah dances to the sabar drums.

Marie-Claude takes time to dance.

Marie-Claude takes time to dance.

Moustapha plays Tagumbar.

Moustapha plays Tagumbar.

The residency of the Sing sing family ended with  a concert performance at Suffolk University’s C. Walsh Theater. Moustapha, Nogaye and Malick were joined by long time friend, Pape Faye. In the true spirit of the African Tradition the concert was an interactive event with lots of give and take between the musicians/dancer and the audience and with audience members taking to the stage to dance to the rhythms of the sabar drums.

Pape Faye, Malick Ngom and Moustapha Faye.

Pape Faye, Malick Ngom and Moustapha Faye.

Malick Ngom.

Malick Ngom.

The drummers.

Moustapha Faye.

Nogaye Ngom dances to the drums.

Nogaye Ngom dances to the drums.

Nogaye takes flight.

Nogaye takes flight.

Nogaye dances Youza.

Nogaye dances Youza.

Malick plays cól mbundow.

Malick plays cól mbundow.

Nogaye joins in on drums.

Nogaye joins in on drums.

Malick's signature dance move.

Malick's signature dance move.

Pa Seck joins Nogaye on stage.

Pa Seck joins Nogaye on stage.

Pa Seck joins Nogaye on stage.

Pa Seck joins Nogaye on stage.

Malick plays nder.

Malick plays nder.

Pape Faye.

Pape Faye.

A student dances on stage.

A student dances on stage.

A student dances on stage.

A student dances on stage.

A student dances on stage.

A student dances on stage.

Members of the audience dance on stage.

Members of the audience dance on stage.

 

The Celebration of Senegal is the end of semester performance by the students in the sabar dance class (BLKST 263/THETR 263). This provides the students the opportunity to share what they have learned with friends and the university community. It is a great way to end the semester and celebrate the sabar tradition that the Sing Sing family shared with Suffolk University.

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