Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Africa Fest Tufts University 2009 Tora

Kiniwe performs Tora at Tufts University African Drum and Dance Festival March 7, 2009. David Locke is the Director and Professor. Tora is a game like dance in which dancers knock buttocks together on the cadential moment of the drumming. Tora began many centuries ago with a domestic tragedy in the household of the paramount chief. Women kindly bumped a bereaved woman back away from her dead relatives. After many years Tora became a happiness dance for females. The drums say, "Listen to the elders [to avoid trouble]."
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