In the Malinké tradition of West Africa, the Dununba is the “dance of the strong men”. In a grueling and exuberant festival that can often last throughout the day, the Dununba dancers display their physical prowess while accompanied by the traditional djembe and dunun drums.

Here is the latest drawing from my series depicting Mandinka culture in West Africa: a dununba dancer hailing from the Kouroussa region of Guinea gets airborne!

This artwork is included in my book Drawing on Culture: An Artist’s West Africa Travelogue, which is available to purchase here.

Dununba Dancer in Flight
19x24” pencil on bristol by Dave Kobrenski

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