Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ten Video Examples Of African Women Wearing Tied Head Scarfs (in various nations other than Nigeria)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part III of a three part series on tying head wraps (head scarves). Part III showcases ten video examples of women from African nations other than Nigeria wearing tied head wraps. The featured African nations, in alphabetical order, are Benin, Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, and Zambia.

Unlike the other two posts in this series, this post doesn't feature how-to videos. Instead, it showcases music and dance videos that happen to show a woman or women wearing a tied head wrap.

This post doesn't purport to provide a comprehensive description of tied head wrap styles in those featured nations or in the African continent as a whole.

Click for Part I. Part I focuses on the Yoruba (Nigeria) custom of women wearing geles (head wraps). Examples of Igbo women wearing headwraps (ichafus) can be found in the Addendum to this video.

Click for Part II of this series. Part II presents some information about the history of African American women wearing head scarves and presents several video examples of some of the ways that contemporary Black women in the United States tie head scarves (head wraps).

The content of this post is presented for folkloric, cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic reasons.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post. Thanks to those featured in these videos and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

These examples are presented in chronological order based on their posting date on YouTube with the oldest dated example given first. The source nation for these videos is given in parenthesis.

It's difficult to find online information about traditions and contemporary customs associated with females tying head scarves in these featured nations. However, it's likely that women wearing tied head wraps served and continues to serve as expressions of a person's creativity and individuality and also served/serves ornamental/beautification purposes. That said, the video given as Example #4 below suggests that woman wearing tied head wraps may sometimes have served and continue to serve a religious purpose, perhaps similar to the custom/injunction in some Christian churches that females must cover their hair while they are in church.

Example #1: Liberia Zaye Tete [Liberia]

ROWLIN WHITE, Uploaded on Aug 17, 2008

Liberia Zaye Tete latest Music Video

Example #2: Benin music- Don Metok : Gnonnou [Benin]

Bill Emile Davolk, Uploaded on Dec 31, 2008

benin Music: "Yonnu" by Don Metok

Example #3: Traditional Akan funeral - Ghana, West Afrika [Ghana]

Adiama Uploaded on Jun 17, 2009

Scenes from Adiama Sankofa Journey 2008 in Ghana, West Afrika. In this clip participants make an impromptu visit to a traditional Akan funeral in the Asante region and are graciously received by the community.

Example #4: Zambian gospel music (Samfya catholic church Zambia) [Zambia]

nkandu81, Uploaded on Jul 24, 2009

sounds en voices of a zambian catholic choir
By emmanuel Banda

Example #5: Beautiful African Woman Plays Guitar In A Slightly Non-Traditional Manner [Botswana]

gopro25, Uploaded on Jun 24, 2010

This African woman plays a strangely tuned guitar in a language that we can all understand.

Utterly Breathtaking Guitar Performance AFRICA

Example #6: soninke festival, suduwol [Gambia]

soninke1000, Uploaded on Feb 16, 2012

soninkara cultural festival at suduwol the gambia. it was organised by sydo soninkara

Example #7: Fulani nation's music [Senegal]

νταλικέρης Uploaded on Feb 23, 2012

Traditional Fulani's music from Senegal.

Example #8: Mama Korowa - Dama Mamo ( [Mozambique]

Edgar P. Cadir Uploaded on Feb 28, 2012

Example #9: Sierra Leone Temne Culture [Sierra Leone]

Jacob Conteh, Published on Apr 24, 2012

Dressed in colorful attired, these Temne women are part of the Digba Society of Patfu Mayawa in Central Sierra Leone. This ceremony marks their 'graduation' taken with my iPad

Example #10: Somalia in the 80s | Somali Folk Dance

SomaliArchive Published on Jun 6, 2012

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