March 7, 2011

Nimba and Felenko ~joy of living

The great mask, D'mba or Nimba of the Baga
 represents the mother of fertility, protector of pregnant women, and presides over all
agricultural ceremonies. The dancer, wearing a full raffia costume, carries the mask on his
shoulders, looking out through holes between the breasts. In use, such masks rise more
than eight feet above the ground; they often weigh more than eighty pounds.

" Nimba is the joy of living; it is the promise of abundant harvest"

The  Nimba  represents the abstraction of an ideal of the female role in
society. The Nimba is essentailly viewed as the vision of woman at her zenith of power,
beauty, and affective presence; rather than a goddess or spirit.

Typically, the Baga Nimba's hair is braided into parallel rows (represented by the
scarification on the head) which are similar to the patterns of agriculture grown in West
African fields. The face, and breasts of the Baga Nimba are decorated with scarification,
which embody the ability of the Baga Nimba to alter its condition to the natural
environment. Nimba's presence is exemplified in all aspects if baga life for she is present
publicly at weddings to give direction to the new union; at funerals to initiate the dead;
harvest to celebrate productivity; and planting to inspire her people to continue to
complete difficult tasks. Ultimately, Nimba is a reminder of the reverred qualities which
make up the Baga social system.

An embodiment of the goddess and of "mother earth," the Nimba mask was associated both with human procreation and with the fertility of the fields. According to nineteenth-century accounts written by travelers in the region, it was carried about in the marshes and tall grasses of the Baga rice paddies. A potent fertility symbol, the goddess Nimba was also invoked by infertile women in the Simo society. The headdress, in fact, represents an idealized female figure; the long, flat, pendulous breasts identify her as a mature woman who has given birth to many children and has nurtured them to adulthood.
The most monumental of ritual African masks, the Nimba mask towered eight feet above the ground when worn over the shoulders by a Baga dancer.

Unlike masked representations from other African cultures, which may represent ethereal spirits or ancestors, Nimba is not a "spirit," but instead is loosely described by the Baga themselves as simply an "idea."
Nimba is an abstraction of the ideal of the female role in Baga society. 
She is honored as the universal mother and is the vision of woman 
at the zenith of her power, beauty, and affective presence. 
Although Nimba is not a spiritual being in the Baga sense of the term, 
nor a deity, she is a being of undeniable spiritual power.

listening , reevaluating and enjoying again Kaloum Star

small biography and an amazing live

Lucky 45's

new link without problems


and the corrupted track 06-Gbin Gbin
for those who missed it


  1. Yes Kaloum Star, I have a copy somewhere, will listen again ...

    Nimba... great idea :)


  2. Thank you Nauma, promise you next one will be a real celebration of life and a colorfull one :), maybe you have already heard it but...I used to listen it for days, months....

  3. Thanks Nauma. Great record. Seems that track 6 is corrupt. Downloaded two times and to no avail. Could you check? Thanks

  4. anon, I hope you forgive me ,I just saw your comment-I fixed everything a new link and separately the corrupted track....

  5. Sorry Nauma didn't want to be a pain and complain, but we are not alone here, next time i'll give a word. Thank you and appologies.

  6. kokolo blogs have in some ways the opposite rules from real life-that means that you have to "complain" otherwise we are unaware of what's going on in a file or a post,like blind people that have to be lead..hard life.. :)

  7. I'll trie to complain in future more :)