By Elizabeth A. Hanley
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Tigari is a Ghanaian medicine dance performed to invoke a spirit of the same name. The Bedu dance of the Ivory Coast is part of a purification ritual. The dancer visits every house in the village and blesses it. It is performed at the Bedu festival every year in December to bless and purify homes and their occupants from all evil in order to begin the New Year on a positive note. Males are entirely covered with raffia, made from tree bark, and they wear waist beads with a strip of cloth passed between the legs, headbands, 62 African Dance leg bands called Bozani, and Bedu masks.
It is performed at the Bedu festival every year in December to bless and purify homes and their occupants from all evil in order to begin the New Year on a positive note. Males are entirely covered with raffia, made from tree bark, and they wear waist beads with a strip of cloth passed between the legs, headbands, 62 African Dance leg bands called Bozani, and Bedu masks. ” The masks are carved from Onyina, a silkcotton tree, and are painted in a variety of colors. Three drums control the rhythm of the Bedu dance: the Black drum is for males, the Tsulc drum is for females, and the Pinge drum is the supporting drum.
Dancers strap wooden sticks onto their feet and lower legs, and they have the ability to dance and even jump on the stilts, delighting and engaging their communities. Stilt dances, like so many traditional dances in West Africa, are often mask dances. The dancer may be embodying a spirit or deity and need to be masked for the occasion. During these times, the identity of the dancer is presumed unknown. Chakaba are from Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast and use stilts that vary in height from 5 to 10 feet tall.
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