The Nigerian Dance Tradition

Dance refers to a styled and patterned bodily motion(s) which is often carried out to music. Dance ought to serve the aim of communication or vigorous expression. Dance as a medium of artwork has been evergreen just like the cedar. In varied components of the globe, dance means various things to of us. In current many years, the inextinguishable dance-styles have swept throughout the continents like wildfire.

The African continent has loved its personal fair proportion of the dance-craze. Because it has change into crucial for dance to go alongside with music, dance festivals have been organized in each nook and cranny round Africa.

In western Africa, Nigeria has confirmed to be the middle of the dance revolution. Each crevice in Nigeria has in current occasions give you a brand new dance model. The intrusion of a defiant dance tradition into Nigeria shouldn’t be a product of coincidence. Nigeria as a geographical entity is surrounded by French-speaking West African neighbours on its borders. These French-speaking nations have beforehand loved a really secure dance tradition. Within the late Nineties, a dance referred to as mapouka was banned by governments of a number of west- African nations for its extreme sexual contents. It’s pertinent to notice that the mapouka dance originated from Cote d’ Ivoire, one other French-speaking West African nation.

Within the late Nineties cum early 2000s, the whirlwind go to of the makossa dance swept by the African continent like a volcano. The makossa dance step conquered nearly each African nation Nigeria inclusive. The makossa dance which originated from a sure French-speaking West African nation was Nigeria’s most imported commodity at the moment (late Nineties cum early 2000s). The makossa dance engulfed each Nigerian youngster, youth and grownup in varied methods. It grew to become so fashionable that it eradicated the galala dance step which was the lots’ selection at any time when a celebration was thrown at them.

Previous to the arrival of the makossa dance, the galala dance was the official dance in each Nigerian ghetto neighborhood. This dance model was extremely promoted by distinguished Nigerian acts who occur to be an offspring of the ghetto neighborhood. Some notable acts that stood tall to advertise the galala trigger embrace Daddy Showkey, Baba Fryo & African China.

When the makossa dance gained an superior recognition and loud ovation within the nation, the suo dance started to take its toll. The suo dance progressively substituted the makossa dance which paved manner for its entrance into the Nigerian leisure state of affairs. I assumed that the suo dance will take pleasure in a prolonged reign as Nigeria’s official ghetto dance model. The suo dance which was flaunted and promoted by artists like Danfo Drivers (mad melon and mountain black), Marvelous Benjy et al. entailed the decreasing of the waist and the swinging actions of the fingers like somebody about to begin a generator set.

Earlier than I may say ‘Jack’, my ideas have been confirmed to be a mere oversight. The yahoozee period had dawned on each Nigerian metropolis. The yahoozee dance model had some adverse intonations; it was alleged to be a dance model based by web scammers and fraudsters popularly recognized in Nigerian suburbs as yahoo boys. The reign of the dance poured on each Nigerian like a torrential downpour of rainfall. From the kindergarten colleges to the colleges, the Nigerian folks did the yahoozee dance with a way of vigour. Nigerian singer, Olu Keep adopted this dance model as a commerce mark and re-packaged yahoozee right into a model. The dance which seems to be very imbecilic accommodates quite a lot of hand actions whereas the ft stay quite stationary.

As soon as once more I assumed the Nigerian populace could be out of concepts, however I used to be confirmed to be so incorrect. The Atalanta breeze has slowly however certainly crept into each Nigerian social perform. Church buildings, amusement spots, work locations, and dance reveals have all contracted the Atalanta fever. From the agricultural to the city areas, everybody has towed the Atalanta line. The motion of the fingers and legs produces a loopy spectacle. Within the final African cup of countries (AFCON 2010) hosted by Angola, Nigerian soccer maestros like Peter Osaze Odemwingie and Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins at varied occasions did the Atalanta dance as a celebration of their objectives. Nigerian musicians like Artquake, Terry G, Timaya, TuFace Idibia and Ruggedman have additionally been proud exports of the Alanta tradition.

As I write, many dance steps are cropping up in varied components of Nigeria. I’d counsel to the Ministry of Tradition and tourism to look into the dancing market and attempt to strategize methods to take advantage of this market. If the dancing business is correctly exploited, then Nigeria would possibly start to benefit from the inflow of vacationers into the nation.

The Nigeria dance tradition has certainly confirmed to be an intricate a part of the Nigerian leisure business. It has come to remain and doubtless develop.


Supply by Augustine Ogwo

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