Project Africa is hosting African Dance Class Part Deux on Tuesday at 7:30 in room 808 in 80 on 5th. In the spirit of that, here is a dance themed Friday Top Five!
1. ‘Suit Up’
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2. Five(ish) Minute Dance Lesson: Dinhe
“In this series, dancer Rujeko Dumbutshena and drummer Farai Malianga show you how to dance traditional African dances. For more on music and dancing, visit artsedge.kennedy-center.org”
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You can also download them for free from iTunes!
A Ghanaian Dance Craze called Azonto ismaking waves around the world and threatening to spawn its own YouTube industry as dance enthusiasts try to out do each other by posting the most hilarious and most accomplished Azonto moves on the video channel. The Azonto dance is said to have orginated from the traditional Ghanaian dance, Kpanlogo. Apaa (meaning work) was its original name and it first started in down Town Accra areas like Bukom, James Town, Chorkor and in the port town of Tema. When Azonto friendly hip life is played in clubs and house parties in these parts, you can be guaranteed that the dance floor will be packed with people shaking their hips, pointing their fingers and sometimes mimicking the performance of household chores like washing or doing some ironing… read more here. (‘Ghana’s Azonto Dance Craze Goes Global’).
4. ‘My Trouble With Contemporary African Dance’
“Dance in Africa has since been expressed in many interpretive styles and techniques, but now, in this post-modern day, there are two types of contemporary dance in contemporary Africa; the European-inspired and the non-European-inspired. The former is also known as contemporary African dancewhile the latter is simply contemporary dance. This magical aggregation takes me back to the wonders of my discovery of a certain elementary mathematical magic, which says anything multiplied by one remains itself, but anything multiplied by zero is zero. DILEMMA! So no matter the size, 1000 X 1 is still one thousand, while 1000000 X 0 evaporates to zero. Just like mathematics, what then characterizes this contemporary dance makeover is not so much in the style, nor subject, nor audience, but a fundamental idea of Africa and the age and circumstance at which it exists.
Contemporary dance in Africa – in my definition – is not a specific dance technique, but a genre of dance performance that employs systems and methods that could be traced to traditional Yoruba-total-theatre of the 50s (also known as Yoruba folk opera). Contemporary dance however, draws on here-and-now influences . . .” read more here.
5. Grace Drums – 4 Djembe’s
“Tradition meets modern in this Grace Drums original arrangement, inspired from the West African rhythms Fanga and Kuku, with original Grace Drums parts.”