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Vera H. Flaig

(b Kan Kan, Guinea, West Africa, 1958). American singer, dancer, and drummer of Guinean birth. As a child, Conde contracted polio, which left him unable to walk by the age of 14. While living with his grandfather in a nearby village, Conde discovered his gift for music. Despite his physical limitations, he learned to dance for his initiation ceremony. From 1984 until 1986, Conde was a member of Bandes 22 de Kan Kan, the official orchestra of Kan Kan. Conde moved to Conakry in 1986 and founded Message de Espior; a traditional dance ensemble of differently-abled Guineans. Since this time Conde has worked as manager of operations for “L’Association nationale de la République de Guinée pour les handicapés.” From 1986 to 1995 Condé was a member of Ballet Communal. In 1987 he joined Conakry’s premiere ballet, Les Merveilles.

Upon his arrival in New York in 1998, Conde founded the drum and dance ensemble ...