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Music and singing offers another way to depict and
Music remember life’s events or history, to pass on stories and
legends, or to portray feelings or emotions.
Dance has these same purposes; thus, for most Africans,
music and dance are vitally entwined.
music Using one’s own body by slapping, stamping, or clapping,
Using often provides musical accompaniment for dance.
often In such a way, the dancers themselves often create or add to
In the rhythm or music of a dance.
Other instruments frequently used include drums of all
Other kinds, rattles, gourds, sticks, bells, and anything else that
can be used to make sound.
can Costuming is also a vital element of many African dances.
Costumes can range from elaborate outfits that completely
Costumes cover the body, to a single skirt or bracelet, with the rest
of the body revealed.
Often, rattles or bells attached to the costumes will lead to
the inclusion of movements that create the desired sounds.
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This document was uploaded on 03/25/2014.
- Summer '14