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Karsumo's Story

From: Hana Baba
Length: 16:55

How one man went from an African war zone to performing on the stages of California.
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Default-piece-image-2 Oakland is home to one of the country?s largest African dance companies, Diamono Coura. Overall, the troupe has 60 dancers, which makes it closer to the size of a major metropolitan ballet company than an independent African dance troupe from Oakland. But Diamano Coura does get around, performing extensively in the US, Canada, and Europe. One of its star dancers is Liberian Karsumo Massaquoi - a man who loves, and lives, to dance. But, he almost did not survive to do either. Hana Baba has his story.

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Oakland is home to one of the country?s largest African dance companies, Diamono Coura. Overall, the troupe has 60 dancers, which makes it closer to the size of a major metropolitan ballet company than an independent African dance troupe from Oakland. But Diamano Coura does get around, performing extensively in the US, Canada, and Europe. One of its star dancers is Liberian Karsumo Massaquoi - a man who loves, and lives, to dance. But, he almost did not survive to do either. Hana Baba has his story.

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Hana Baba's ?Karsumo's Story? is an intriguing take on the immigrant's song of struggle and triumph, passionately told through the experience and words of a Liberian dancer. This production is well recorded and presented by Baba, but it's a few minutes too long.

Listed as 12 minutes, it's actually 17:00. Less is more would appiy here.

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