Sidiki Conde shows us that you don’t need feet to dance. At just 14 years old Sidiki was struck with Polio and lost the use of his legs. In Guinea people with disabilities are thought to bring shame and bad luck upon their family and village and so he was sent away to a village deep in the forest.
Dancing is at the heart of many African traditions and Sidiki knew that if he did not dance, he would forever remain isolated from his community. It was here that he learned how to sing and dance on his hands. He quickly made a name for himself in Guinea where he travelled throughout the country to help other handicapped people with his music.
“I approach music with discipline to feel myself, to keep my mind calm, my heart clean, and my focus straight. With these principals in mind, I believe obstacles can be overcome, mountains climbed, discomfort endured. People see a ‘handicap’ when you lose your eyesight or legs, but true handicaps come only from the mind, the limits we place on ourselves. We can do anything, and our community is everywhere.” – Sidiki Conde
With the mass outbreak of Ebola, Sidiki and his wife Deborah want to help educate people on how to protect themselves against Ebola through the medium of music and art. Deborah is “an artist whose passion is nature”. She has travelled all over the world and is one of America’s leading wildlife artists. Their plan is to run a series of performances to help communicate about Ebola with help from UNICEF. They will also run music and art workshops with survivors and orphans who have lost one or more parents to Ebola.
Sidiki and Deborah have successfully raised funding for their project but it’s not too late to visit their campaign page and be part of this amazing initiative. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to keeping up-to-date via their blog.