How True African Dance was Corrupted into Porn
 with choreographer/dancer Madee

Saturday  2 November 2.00pm to 6.00pm. This event will start at 2pm, latecomers will miss out and may not get a seat

 Admission free if booked via eventbrite. Donations accepted on the day

Queen Nzinga was an African Queen who fought against the European invasion of southern Africa (Congo/Angola). The Queen Nzinga lecture series will feature African female academics / holders of expert knowledge, speaking on topics of their choice on a monthly basis. The Nzinga lecture series will provide a regular platform for women of African descent to highlight important issues in  an academic setting. As a result of these lectures a  Black Women in Academia Support Group has been set up.

See  previous Queen Nzingha lectures here

Queen Nzingha Lecture (12) How True African Dance was corrupted into Porn

African dance and culture has often been appropriated by Europeans and divorced from its roots. This presentation aims to give a general background to African dance  and show how movements/styles were borrowed or imitated by various European cultures.Those cultures would then re-name and take credit for the movements or totally pervert them. We will also deal with sexism and racism in the music/fashion and dance  business.

The presentation will cover:

  • A selection of African civilisations pre or co-existing European invasion
  • Original purpose of African dance
  • Weddings, fertility, birthdays, rites of passage
  • Appropriate time and season of dance
  • Appropriate African dress for dance
  • Dance as politics. European censorship and disgust
  • Popular dances in the West that have African origins/elements
  • African beats in the Top Ten but not called African
  • Zouk, Salsa, Hip Hop, Ventilator,Capoeira,Azonto, Kompa,Zumba
  • Corruption of images and values

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About the Speaker: Madee