Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Djole, Kpanlogo and proto-Highlife

My dance class is learning the Djole...We are in the fourth week and the energy of the dance has powered our learning. Although the drum song from Guinea is diferent from the kpanlogo drum songs, these two dances are closely related. Djole is higher tempo rhythm, and like most of the Guinean dances more open with larger moves. Yet it carries within itself the more subtle language of Kpanlogo and the very beginnings of proto-highlife.
We begin the dance with the claiming of our turf.....and when in the end we retreat, we do so knowing the territory is marked for us.

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