Paul Nas: "Mendiani is a Malinke-rhythm, played in the areas of Siguiri, Mandiana, Kouroussa and Kankan. The dance is performed by virgins (age 7 - 14). There is a special kostume for this dance. The men carry the girls to the "dance-floor" in the village. There the girls start the dancing. Many villages have got their own "Mendiani"; the girl, for that period the best dancer. When she gets (too) old a successor is pointed out; she learnes the mendiani from the elder, at night, outside the village."

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