Masquerades – The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio
The three boys turned up with a couple of rice sacks, a bunch of leafy branches, and what looked like a few scraps of bright red fabric. Within half an hour, they were transformed into Kankurangs, and fully in character – jiggling branches, menacingly clashing machetes together… ‘ Read more here
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‘Masquerades’ West Africa
‘Fara Kankurang’ (made from leaves and tree bark), The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio
The Kankurang – a secret society – used in traditional
Mandinka initiation rites, whose rituals can be seen all over The Gambia and Senegal, West Africa.
Images from an ongoing photo series.
Image © Helen Jones-Florio, Bijilo Beach, The Gambia, West Africa – masquerade made from scraps of fabric
Image © Jason Florio, Bijilo Beach, The Gambia, West Africa – masquerade made from recycled rice sacks
‘Agomalah’ – traditional masquerade, the Casamance, Senegal – Footage © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio. Click here or on image to view video
HJF & JF
HJF & JF © Gerald Sowe – Teaching portrait photography to Gambian students, The Gambia, West Africa
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