From the Malinke people in Guinea, this is a dance traditionally reserved for a woman who has overcome a great adversity (hard times). - Sometimes you may see men perform this dance. - Women vow to resolve their problems with this dance.
She can perform this dances whenever she needs to during her life. The woman prepares by putting on old, ragged clothes. They may even let their hair loose and wild.
Accompanied by musicians, the woman circles the village several times, singing and dancing. Other women of the village follow her and sing too. Then the dancer changes her clothes and gets rid of her old ragged clothes. She will then wear new clothing, showing that her problem has been resolved!
Strong Man Dance
Some sources say this was originally performed to settle disputes among men.
Now it is a celebration of strength.
Sometimes you can see this performed by both men and women.
DESCRIPTION: Wearing only baggy pants and a headband, the dancers would perform in 2 lines, each person carrying an axe in one hand and a whip (slender branch) in the other. They perform with their respective age groups; the younger men in one, older in another. If you see women run up and tie a scarf around the waist of a dancer, that means she really likes their dance...they are very good!