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Where did African dances originate from? (karma: 1)
By selormculture
On Thu Jan 13, 2005 11:16 AM

To the African, music and dance cannot be separated from man himself. Most dances depict whatever happened before.

Trace the origin of a dance by the way it goes! As simple as that. When a dance looks like hunting, e.g. it means hunters originated it.

Most times, classes of people gather to air their views on social issues. They also create dance forms. A dance like Togo Atsia is a typical example of women telling the audience of the ordeal they go through in marriage.

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2 Replies to Where did African dances originate from?

re: Where did African dances originate from?
By SugarPlum66
On Thu Jan 13, 2005 11:08 PM
That sounds very interesting. It's so neat how dance can express so much and how dance is such a part of so many different people. I'd love to know more.
*Olathe
They start from childhood
By selormculture
On Fri Jan 14, 2005 11:26 PM
You know what, when you take a walk among African children (even between the ages of 3-5) they drum by themselves without being taught - not profeshional anyway. But children from 5yrs onwards actually drum and dance real African dance WITHOUT BEING TAUGHT!

You see them watching the elderly do it at funerals and other social gatherings. When there is a recess/break, these children try their hands at the drums and, bingo they are almost as good as their elders.

For practice sake, the children will like to carry the drums wherever they must be sent just because they want to be with the drums.

As they grow, is it not natural that they don't need any teachers?

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