During the last century, African-American talented singers have succeeded in taking the Pop, R&B, Hip Hop and other music genres to another level simply by adding a touch from their own culture to the music beats composing the songs or to the dance moves performed.
Today, we find Afro music & dance styles trending almost all over the world and proving that all rich cultures must be appreciated by all human beings. Although historically African dance styles vary depending on their purpose like prayer, communicating emotions, entertainment & more, we notice that a common feature makes the songs so appealing to every listener: the fast-paced upbeat exciting percussions that truly bring up the energy among all groups of people.
History of African Dance
The “Dance Master” of each tribe had the duty to make sure everyone in the tribe knows how to execute all the traditional dance moves properly. Improvisation was not allowed as the dances where trespassed along generations.
Learning African Dance
In order to master the African dance style, a dancer must practice body isolation; the exercise where each body part is moved independently from all other body parts. Most African dances are known for isolated movements where body parts are broken into separate movements.
Characteristics of African Music
The major instruments characterizing the Afro music styles are the Drum; the heartbeat of the Afro music, and different kinds of percussions setting the energetic ambience mood to the music played. Clapping of the hands and stomping of the feet are also a crucial part of the Afro music, connecting the group together in coherence as well.
Popular Afro Dance Styles
Ok guys check out these dance styles all originally African and carried with the African generations to the lands where they were obliged to go as slaves back then. They earned their rights of practicing their own traditions as they desire and we are all thankful to that because they surely shared with all of us brilliant forms of art by mixing their traditional dances with the existing forms of dance in the regions.