African Organized Dance: A Case Study of Igba Enyi-Nomo

ONYEKWELU, JOE (2011) African Organized Dance: A Case Study of Igba Enyi-Nomo. Rex Charles & Patrick Ltd, Nimo. ISBN 978-978-50530-3-6

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The English ballet master John Weaver, writing in 1721, argued that "Dance is an elegant and regular movement harmoniously composed of beautiful attitudes, and contributed graceful postures of the body, and parts thereof. The 19th century French dance historian Gastion Vniller also emphasized the qualities of grace, harmony and beauty distinguishing spontaneous movement of the early man. My personal experience in the world of music-making has offered me some good ideas to share as part of the introduction of this work. Apart from other information and the research done to enhance this work, I am satisfied that by virtue of my birth, upbringing, environment, education and active participation in the cultural activities in the village for a major period of my life, I am in a position to share myviews. African dance has been described or defined in different ways depending on the school of thought. Some have fairly good conception of African culture while some have not. It is like the proverbial six blind men who described the elephant based on their individual conceptions. As an active participant in cultural muslc-rnakinq and dance, my definition of dance is "Dance is a response of the physical body to the stimulus of organized sound." In other words, dancing appears to be a reflex action in a sense. African music is very rhythmic in nature, and it is the rhythmic vibration through the tympanum (ear drum) of the ear that sensitizes the central nervous system setting the body vibrating in consonance with the rhythm. The rate of sound vibration varies inversely with the rate of body movement.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Art
Depositing User: mrs chioma hannah
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2021 10:34
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2021 10:34

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