Afrobeat Dance

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Afrobeat Dance

The famous Afrobeat dancer Fela kuti. He is also the founder of Afrobeat dance

The famous Afrobeat dancer Fela kuti. He is also the founder of Afrobeat dance

The famous Afrobeat dancer Fela kuti. He is also the founder of Afrobeat dance

The famous Afrobeat dancer Fela kuti. He is also the founder of Afrobeat dance

Aakrithi Karthik, Dance Blogger

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The dance style Afrobeat was originated in the 1960s and the 1970s. Fuji, heavy Nigerian drum beats, and Ghanaian Highlife. It was later exported to the southern part of Nigeria in the 1970s, by  Fela Kuti, who experimented with many different forms of contemporary music of the time. Africans brought this dance by to north and south America, and the Caribbean Island as slaves. African ethnic groups merged with European dances. The dance style that is very similar to Afrobeat dance is Zulu, Azonto, Shoki, and Commercial African dance.

Fela’s oldest son, Femi Kuti, born in London in 1962, continued his father’s global afrobeat legacy but also created his own, distinctive take on the musical genre his father invented.

Afrobeat dance mainly includes hip and leg movement. There are many African tribes who still dance it the original and the agricultural way. This dance is also devotional to some gods and goddesses and is truly believed by the people. Africans take classes, learn afrobeat and take it so seriously. In America, there are dancers who dance afrobeat for dance competitions and have won special awards for it.

I personally love modern type Afrobeat dance than the old agricultural type because it involves more leg movement. My favorite teacher in my dance class is a professional Afrobeat dancer and teaches it too. She can dance and relates Afrobeat dance to every song she listens to.