Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Traditional African Hip Shaking Dances

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases eight videos of traditional hip shaking dances from four regions of Africa (North, East, South, and West). I'm particularly interested in the close similarity between these dances from these various African regions.

These traditional African hip shaking dances also remind me of Hawaiian hula dances and other Polynesian hip shaking dances.

With the exception of this short video "Traditional Congolese Dance", this post doesn't include any videos of traditional hip shaking dances from Central Africa. I would appreciate any help in identifying YouTube videos of traditional hip shaking dances from Central Africa. Thanks!

The content of this post is presented for historical, folkloric, entertainment, educational, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

My thanks to the performers, musicians, and videographers of these featured videos. Thanks also to the uploaders of these videos.


Video #1: Rhythm of the Nile - ACT II Traditional Egyptian Wedding [Egypt, North Africa]

Published on Mar 26, 2012 by HannanBellyDance

The Rhythm of the Nile production of 2008 was a breakthrough in Egyptian Dance in Canada. Act II showcased the dances of a traditional Egyptian Wedding. Brought to you by the Egyptian Dance Company and Nada El Masriya.

Video #2: Bellydance with Sadie.flv [Egypt, North Africa]

Uploaded by isaorchidea on Feb 19, 2011

Video #3: Mesach Semakula: Njagala Nyimbire Omutanda ( [Uganda, East Africa]

Uploaded by zidoolo on Jun 21, 2008

Luganda music video
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Here's some information about the "Luganda" language from
"Ganda, or Luganda (Ganda: Oluganda [oluɡaːnda][missing tone]), is the major language of Uganda, spoken by over sixteen million Ganda and other people mainly in Southern Uganda, including the capital Kampala. It belongs to the Bantu branch of the Niger–Congo language family.".

Video #4: : Kiganda Drums and Dance by the Planets [Uganda, East Africa]

Uploaded by ugpulse on Dec 19, 2006

"The Planets" is the name of this Ugandan dance company.

Here's a comment from this video's viewer comment thread

"wow!wow!wow! you have to love africa!we are one people-in zambia we have similar dances-is this a bantu tribe?if it is it would explain alot!proud to be african-proud to be a bantu! bantu=people."
-bwazi24, 2012
Video #5: South African Music (Dikgomo remix) [South Africa]

Uploaded by ushotee on Jul 31, 2007


This is a traditional Tsonga dance called "xibalani" ("shibelani"). From
"The Tsonga people (Tsonga: VaTsonga) inhabit the southern coastal plain of Mozambique, parts of Zimbabwe and Swaziland, and Mpumalanga and Limpopo Province of South Africa...

It is believed that ancestors of the Tsonga, who now primarily inhabit an area in southern Mozambique, originated farther north in central Africa."...
Click to read information about this dance.

Video #6: South African music (Vomaseve Dance Mix) [South Africa]

Uploaded by ushotee on Aug 2, 2007

Video #7: Bamaya [Ghana, West Africa]

Uploaded by awalalhassan on Jun 24, 2007

Awal Alhassan and the Center for National Culture in Tamale. Performing their traditional dance, Bamaya, of the Dagombas in Northern Ghana.

Here's some information about this dance from

"Bamaya, a Dogbane harvest dance usually performed by men in ladies’ skirts, involves wiggling of the pelvis. This special dance is based on the story of a man who maltreated his wife, resulting in a plague of famine for the whole territory. It was revealed that in order to humble the man in question to his wife, all the men in the village had to dress like women - hence the Bamaya costume. The gender equality element furnishes us with food for thought…be nice to all living things. Some schools of traditional thought links the dance movements of Bamaya to fanning off mosquitoes".

Video #8: Bamaya dance in Northern Ghana [Ghana, West Africa]

Uploaded by BrianneA9 on Mar 23, 2010

"Bamaya" traditional dance at a village in Tamale, Ghana, West Africa.

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  1. Very nicely-done! Your page here was very informative. Thank you for the great video links as well.
    Things such as these make me even more proud of my African heritage!

    1. You're welcome, Harold.

      I appreciate your comment!