Imani Dance and Drum Company performs the Lambah in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The Lambah is a traditional dance and music that originated in ancient Mali with the Bambara-Mandingo peoples.
Traditionally, the Lambah dance and music are performed by African griots, a caste of musicians and storytellers. It was performed for griots and for people who are supportive and giving to the community.
This traditional dance originated in ancient Mali with the Bambara-Mandingo peoples. Some of the movements represent thanks and praise to the most high; other movements represent thanks to ancestors.
The dance attire is called Dolokeba (full dress for women). The dancer also carries a calabash (a type of gourd).
Lambah is also a jamboree for musicians. The instruments first used were the Jun (large double-headed drum), Cora (23-string drum), and Balafon (xylophone). As time passed, instruments such as the Djembe drum were added.