Donaba - Paul Nas
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Last updated 8 August 2000


Donaba, the Malinke word for ‘Great (female) Dancer’ is a very ancient Dunumba-rhythm . The song is from more recent date (about 1950), it is in honour of a great dancer living those days in the village were Famoudou Konaté was born. Her name was Mariama Gbe and she invented sometimes new dances and had ‘Donaba’ as a nickname.

E donabao, e deni dana baradon kourala bo e

He, Donaba, come out with a new dance for us!

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