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African Dance

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Bryant Kollie

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Dennis Types of African Dance Warrior Dances Rite of passage Dance of Welcome Dance of Love Zulu Warrior Dance Most important ritual amongst Africans

They act as the beginning of adulthood

Motivate young men and women and welcome them into new phase of life -Involve a depiction of the men fought in battle.
- Aggressive style of dance
- Drum rhythm
- Performed specifically at cultural events Used to greet and pay respects to visitor.

Show talent and potential of tribe. Rites of Passage Used as a depiction of love

Performed to celebrate unison, Union, and love.

Honor the bride on the wedding day or Anniversaries. Usually performed by women. Dances of Possession and Summoning Used to call the spirit world.
Ancestors,trees,forest, and deities are classified as spirits of the world.
Honor Spirits
Ask for guidance and/or Forgiveness
Performed during time of drought or war. WEST AFRICA Warrior dance known as the Agbekor founded in west africa commonly used by the Foh and Eue people(Ghanians). It consist of a turn which occurs frequently ending in a different movement. There are different variations that compose the dance. Agbekor is a style of war dance. It is an ancient dance once known as Atamga, Ga meaning "great", Atam meaning "oath". It is now performed by the people of Dzogadze, a farming community near Akatsi in the Southern part of the Volta Region of Ghana. It is characterized by multiple percussion instruments that engage in highly polyrhythmic interactions. It was an actual war dance, and the oath in question was an oath taken by the ancestors before going into battle. The lead drummer 'calls' the dancers to perform a specific movement, preceded and followed by "the call to turn." The Agbekor Ghana Rhythm in African Dance music:

Polyrhythm, also called Cross-rhythm,is the simultaneous combination of contrasting rhythms in a musical composition. Rhythmic conflicts, or cross-rhythms, may occur within a single metre. World Map Rhythms of Africa origin use the most fundamental parts that typically emphasize the secondary beats. The musical "background" and "foreground" may mistakenly be heard and felt in reverse. Bana tribe in Ethiopia KwaZulu-Natal
( Province of South
Africa) Zulu Chavez african dance polycentric Africa covers about one fifth of the world's land and about an eighth of its people live there. Africa has striking contrasts and great natural features. From the tropical rain forests to western and central Africa, to the world's largest desert, the Sahara, to vast grasslands, and the world's longest river, the Nile.

Africa is divided into 53 independent countries. The African people belong to several different groups and have many different kinds of cultural backgrounds of rich and varied ancestry. There is over 800 ethnic groups in sub-Saharan Africa, which has its own language, religion, plus life, and many more. There are many types of Zulu dances. The Ingoma dance is considered one of the most purist forms of Zulu dance, according to Zululand Ecoadventures. This dance is performed to a chant and during transition ceremonies, such as coming of age, weddings and pre-hunt or pre-battle time periods. The Ingoma is frantically danced and incorporates high kicking motions. The Indlamu dance is the traditional male warrior dance, and it shows off muscular strength and mock fighting. The Imvunulo dance only has one dancer and is done to show off traditional Zulu attire and place in society. Isicathamiya is a dance performed by a group of men or boys standing in a straight line to symbolize community life and issues. At weddings, both the Ingoma and Indalmu dances are done, along with Umbholoho dances. These types of dances feature both families of the newly married couple. Zulu Dance Dressware AmaShoba are cow tails worn on the upper arms and below the knees to give the appearance of greater bulk to the body. IsiNene is the front apron, consisting of coin sized circular skin patches sewn closely together to add weight. Amasoba Men wearing Isinene IBeshu is the rear apron made from calf skin.
Those of young men involved in active pursuits are knee length whilst those of the older men are ankle length.A headband is used only by married men. A single maiden will wear only a short grass skirt embellished perhaps with beads whilst an engaged girl will cover her breasts and allow her hair to grow. A married woman covers her entire body to indicate that she is taken and wears a thick cowhide skirt that has been treated with charcoal and animal fat. Over this skirt may be another of cloth in white, red or black. Over her breasts, the woman wears a cover decorated with beads with a message understood only by her husband. Female Dressware The Azonto The dance involves a frenzied set of hand movements that either mimic everyday activities or are meant to signal an often comical intention. It begun with one or two step movements but has been advanced to more complex and almost acrobatic movements. Just like most African dances, knee bending and hip movements are rudiments to dancing it. The dance has effectively evolved from a few rudimentary moves to embrace depictions of ironing,washing, driving, boxing, grooming, praying, swimming, and others. The term "Azonto" which originally was a rude reference to wayward girls, has been adopted as the handle for a Ghanaian fast-beat dance music genre and the accompanying dance that goes with it.

It originates from the word Azontoa (pronounced in some dialects as Abontoa) which means an ugly street girl. Originally used in the early 1990's in songs that were intended to offend female student schools that were not much liked, the word seems to have become an acceptable word since then. African dance is a graceful beauty flowing with rhythm. In Africa dance is a means of marking the experience of life, encouraging and healing the sick soul and body. it is also done purely for enjoyment. All african dances have purpose. They tell stories and relate history. The importance of ceremonies in african societies as in other societies is significant time in a person life cycle. In Conclusion
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