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Journée Danse et Musique Africaines

Published: June 15, 2017

                                                                                                              Na ngeen def !  

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That's "hello" in Wolof, a language spoken in Senegal.  Today we learned about Francophone Africa, which includes much of West Africa, including Senegal, Togo, and Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), as well as other countries such as Madagascar and Republic of the Congo. 

During meal sketches (skits), we learned about the importance of griots, storytellers and musicians who keep the oral history of their people alive.  We also had the chance to eat thiebodienne for lunch, a dish from Senegal which includes rice and fish.

Our evening veillée included three stations: one where villageois learned a dance, one where they learned a drumming pattern on tam-tams (djembes), and one where they learned a song.  Everyone then gathered to put all three parts together for a spectacle

To collaboration and cultural exploration,

-Eliénore