Non-Ballet National Ensembles

National Ensemble of Mali (ceased to exist after 1991)National Ensemble of MaliLes Percussions de Guinée (also a national ensemble)—“world-renowned percussion group made up of the seven master Jembe drummers”has okay information, the only group-specific site I could find  Amazones Women Master DrummersAlthough not a national ballet, it is a ground-breaking group in that it officially opened the traditionally male drumming field to females as a viable profession. Created by Mamoudou Condé 1998. Of particular interest is the bio of the group written by Mamoudou Condé about its inception and the process of getting support for the group’s creation. (under “Bio”)  

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