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Video Title:  Dagomba Dance and Music by Kiniwe, Tufts African Performance Ensemble, Spring 2008 Showing
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Description:   Class recital by students in Dance 62 West African Dagomba Dance, Music 66 African Music Ensemble Taught by Professor David Locke Visiting Teacher: Alhaji Abubakari Lunna Students show the outcome of a semester's coursework on traditional music and dance repertory of the Dagomba people of northern Ghana. Three dances are performed: Takai, Tora, and Baamaaya. Instrumental music is performed: Praise Name Drumming.
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00:00:02 - Joel Smith:
The group seems very cohesive and involved with the syncronicity of the dance and music
00:00:12 - David Grogan:
The group comes on with the relatively slow-paced processional section, which is called Naa Daa. Test.
00:00:32 - David Locke:
Alhaji begins a special drum language phrase.
00:00:50 - David Locke:
Drum language phrase ends and back to more normal drumming for Naa Daa.
00:01:21 - David Locke:
Alahji guides dancers at end of line into position to close the circle. This was a focus of the last class prior to the show.
00:01:29 - David Locke:
Transition from first section (Naa Daa) to the main section of the dance, the eponymous Baamaayaa.
00:04:08 - David Locke:
The distance between the last dancer and the first dancers is too great. Students find it hard to maintain equal spacing around the circle, since the tendency is to get too close to the dancer right in front of you.
00:04:23 - David Locke:
Transition to the third section of the dance, Nyagboli.
00:05:02 - David Locke:
I like this particular section.
00:05:46 - David Locke:
Transition to the fourth section, Dakoli Kutoku. The name of this section means, "Bachelor cannot farm," alluding to the need for large extended families in an agricultural system that largely relies on manual labor. Baamaaya originated as a farmers' dance, so this section connects to its origin.
00:06:38 - David Locke:
Alhaji cues the group to return to the Baamaaya section, with which we will go off stage.
00:07:14 - David Locke:
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00:07:29 - David Locke:
Most of the dancers exited the stage too fast. The final dancer, more experienced at African styles, takes the opportunity to move slowly and enjoy the music.
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