Entered the Jungle

Still day one of the Zumba Convention and still so very pumped!! I was ready to learn the newest passion I have been holding. There is a connection with me and the desire to dance in Africa. I hold the same passion with my Husband that we would love to travel to South Africa so hopefully this lifetime we will be able to do this. The rituals, spiritual, and tribal music is just so enticing. I knew this entering the jungle and feel Blessed to have an instruction on this day.

Ahhhh..the video is AMAZING!! I had chills at that convention watching this, I believe this took an entire year if not longer to make this:

Rhythm Is Movement And Movement Is Rhythm

Many African languages have no word to define music of rhythm because it is not something their create, it is life itself.

Everything is Rhythm and Rhythm is Everything!

Tribal African Music is Poly-Rhythmic (compared with Western music which is mostly poly-phonic)

European (Western) rhythms-typically emphasize the primary beats.

In sub-Saharan African origin rhythms, typically emphasize the secondary beats. African music may have multiple rhythms going at the same time into one single “music” Interesting! All credit of these write ups go to whomever was in charge of creating the Instruction at the Zumba Convention. I have just added my own experience to what they already have done for us.

This often causes the uninitiated ear to misinterpret the secondary beats as the primary beats, and to hear the true primary beats as cross-beats. In other words, the musical “background” and “foreground” may mistakenly be heard and felt in reverse.—Penalosa (2009: 21)

Those poly-rhythums are the roots of many other culture rhythms and music gender were brought to Congo in the mid 1920’s and when mixed with electrical guitar sounds gave birth to the Soukous–mother dance of all African modern dances of today. So Africa dance today is still very much poly-rhythmic but also poly-phonic.

The Role of the Drum/Drummer
It was really cool and magical to have been there to listen to the beating of this drum. The beautiful artwork that was put into this detailed instrument and created especially for our Zumba Instruction.

The sound and rhythm of the drum express the mood of the people. Oh boy did it on that Friday…what a BLAST this was!

The drum is he sign of life; its beat us the heartbeat of the community. Such is the power of the drum to evoke emotions to touch the souls of those who hear its rhythms. This is really a special truth.
In an African community, coming together in response to the beating of the drum is an opportunity to give one another a sense of belonging and of solidarity. It is time to connect with each other, to be part of that collective rhythm of the life in which young and old, rich and poor, men and women are all invited to contribute to the society.

Dance is the link between the past and the present. The African Grove/Swag
Traditional African moves, have always served a function. They have meaning to the community and speak to our blood and out very soul. I love this! They are the retentions and secret behind our ancestors survival and success.

These dances teach social patterns and values and helps people work, mature, praise or criticize members of the community while celebrating festivals and funerals, competing, reciting history, proverbs and poetry, and to encounter gods.

To remove this memory, this power, this ancestral connection, from the dance, is to remove the vital energy of the dance.

While the music have changed over time, many moves remains present in today’s dances.

Rhythm and Dancers Make One
The voice is the most common and popular music instrument in African music but the whole body is used and contribute to each other to make one. Dance is not separate nor enslaved to the rhythm but a part of what makes it. He/She is the rhythm and part of the instrument. The drum throbs with the heart, vibrates with the shoulders pulsates with the hips, beats with the feet pounding or tapping the ground.

African Jungle Workout-2011-Copyrights reserved to Mo Diakite and Ricardo Marmitte

Thank you guys for an AMAZING experience. What I truly learned is no one knows music until we actually dance to all of the different cultures this world has to offer. We are all one and will unite together on the dance floor. I am excited to continue to learn every music genre…

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