Asamba Dance Analysis

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Watching this video remaindered me of seeing this group performed at a cultural event or festival in Minnesota, two years back. The sounds or music coming from animations, drums, instruments, parents and children performing this dance make me remember the goes boo I had when I watched them dance. I could not image the performance by these kids born in Minnesota, U.S dancing and following the rhythms of the traditional dance music from where their parents come from so well as if they were born in Mankon, Cameroon.
An African ironically expression states “the beauty of a woman lies on the curves around the waist or hip area.” This is attested when the dancers of the Asamba traditional music sweeps the stage of any festivals. Watching the Asamba
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To my surprise, I found out, they have different dances. One of the members Neville Nji, former social Secretary of the Minnesota chapter that I interview over the phone started with “wholeelee wholeelee!” This means greetings. They have different dances that signify different occasions. Mbaghalum and Asamba are fast-paced dances for men, children and women; the music is generates from wooden instruments, drums, and songs. Other dance is woman only dance groups. One of the women dance called Akwati (help) this dance is summon during ceremonies like death celebrations and birth celebrations. Another women dance is the Akogni (love) just like Akwati the can be invited to ceremonies. Atotogho this name is from a peace plant, which is used to bless the land during the planting season. Masquerade (juju) is a men dance that will be summon to occasions and death celebrations. Another men dance is the Quifon. It is a secret form of masquerade. Only members of this cult are allowed to see it on the opening day of death, celebration or on the death of a well renounce Mankon person. Here are some of the man dances Marbo, Lalea, Alub, and Nambang all come out during specify occasion. Last but not the list, Abenghe Fon (Fon’s dance) this dance takes place annually at the Fon’s palace in Mankon Bamenda, which all the Mankon elites should attend all over the World and all the various dance groups have to performance. Haven different type of dance group is a good way to go in other to know the in and out of the dancing styles and meaning of the dance through these dance groups. (N. Nji, Personal Communication, October 16,

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