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African Dance

African Dance

African Dance has a strong connection to the earth. The dancer incorporates the energy of the earth while performing dances of African origin. Each dance has a certain expression and meaning (the danced phrase), which is associated with a certain rhythm.

In this way the dancer experiences meaning and gains new energy over and over again, while dancing. In other words, you could say that the most important element of African music is contacting spirits and communicating with them during rituals. All the while, the rhythm plays a central role.
In most sub-Saharan African cultures, musicians enjoy a high standing due to their enormous responsibility in the maintenance and continuity of political, social and religious values. It seems that Africans are endowed with dancing or drumming the beat as part of their nature. As an old saying goes: “Were the African to fall from heaven to earth, he would beat time in falling.” (Dauer in: Schütz 1992, page 34)