Culture March 01, 2018 at 11:25 am

5 African traditional ceremonial dance styles explained

Bridget Boakye | Contributor

Bridget Boakye March 01, 2018 at 11:25 am

March 01, 2018 at 11:25 am | Culture

San dancers in Ghanzi, Botswana

The San tribe or ‘Bushmen’ of Botswana are considered one of the oldest tribes in Africa.

Historians say the San style of dancing uses the arousal and amplification of emotions, improvised sounds, and spontaneous movement, to perform a ‘unique form of healing trance and hypnotic induction’. “The Bushman dance relies less on purposeful induction through direct or indirect verbal and nonverbal suggestion and entrainment, and more on the amplification of emotion and song. These help awaken spontaneous movement that goes past choreographed dance.”


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