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<p>Co-founder and artistic director Assane Konte dedicated the dance company's 30th anniversary and the Aug. 31 performance of "Kounta Balamoure" to his childhood friend Abdou Kounta. Kounta served as KanKouran's co-founder and its first director of music. The concert took place at Lisner Auditorium in Northwest.</p>

Co-founder and artistic director Assane Konte dedicated the dance company's 30th anniversary and the Aug. 31 performance of "Kounta Balamoure" to his childhood friend Abdou Kounta. Kounta served as KanKouran's co-founder and its first director of music. The concert took place at Lisner Auditorium in Northwest.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Thanks for the Support!

Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your longstanding support for KanKouran over the years and particularly during our recent 30th Anniversary National African Dance and Drum Conference and Concert activities.

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KanKouran Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary in Style

For about an hour and a half, members of the KanKouran West African Dance Company held a standing-room-only audience spellbound with the stellar drumming and scintillating dance numbers for which the group is known.