Dance company founded in the early 1950s in Paris by the Guinean Keita Fodeba. Originally an all-male folkloric troupe, it comprised musicians and dancers from several French colonies in Africa and the Caribbean. Following Guinean independence in 1958 the troupe became based in Guinea (Conakry) and took the name Les Ballets Africains of the Republic of Guinea. In 1969 Fodeba, heavily involved in politics (he held several posts in the country's new government), was imprisoned in Camp Boiro, and never seen again. The company, which tours extensively, was considered a pioneer in the development of African theatrical dance. It is currently directed by Hamidou Bangoura.
http://www.lesballetsafricains.com Company website for Les Ballets Africains