Edited by Azizi Powell
This is Part III of a three part series on the use of wooden canes (kanes)* in the performing arts traditions of historically Black Greek lettered fraternities & sororities.
*"Kanes" is the spelling that Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. uses for the word "canes".
This post showcases selected videos of cane performances by members of certain historically Black Greek fraternities & sororities.
Specifically, this post showcases two videos each of cane performances by members of two historically Black Greek lettered fraternities -in alphabetical order, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.(Kappas) and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (Sigmas), and one Black Greek lettered sorority - Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (SRGrho).
Part I & Part II presents selected comments about the origin, history, and contemporary performances with canes in certain historically Black Greek lettered fraternities and sororities.
For Part I of this series, click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/11/cane-kane-performances-in-black.html.
For Part II of this series, click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/11/cane-kane-performances-in-black_9.html.
The content of this post is presented for historical, folkloric, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.
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Part III: FEATURED VIDEOS
These videos are posted in alphabetical order, according to the first letter of the organization.
Kappa Alpha Psi at VCU Fall Block 2012 Eta Xi Chapter
EtaXiDreamTeam, Published on Oct 28, 2012
VCU Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi at FallBlock 2012 StepShow. Follow @EtaXiNupes...
Hat tip to Trashun Floure who sent me a link to this video and in so doing, motivated me to publish this series on cane performances in historically Black Greek lettered fraternities & sororities.
Kappa Alpha Psi Centennial Kane work 2.wmv
freezezone1, Uploaded on Jul 14, 2011
One of my videos from the Kappa 100th Year Celebration. Congratulations and Indy Luv from this Soror.
Sprite Step Off 2011 - SIGMA GAMMA RHO Sorority, OB Chapter, Chicago
nstant1,Uploaded on May 2, 2011
Sprite Step Off 2011 - SIGMA GAMMA RHO Sorority, Chicago
Omicron Beta Chapter
University of Illinois Chicago
Sigma Gamma Rho Step & use Canes--Theta Upsilon Chapter
apRHOL1922, Uploaded on Aug 22, 2011
University of South Florida SGRhos @ their Summer picnic and showcase
cane routine - 1:43-2:20
strolling: 2:21 to the remainder of the video
Phi Beta Sigma 2012 Atlanta Greek picnic step show
AtlantaGreekPicnic, Published on Jun 17, 2012
Phi Beta Sigma 2012 Atlanta Greek Picnic $10,000 step show sponsored by http://www.Statefarm.com & http://twitter.com/Tiwaworks
Phi Beta Sigma- Cane Work
madavis1987, Uploaded on Jul 17, 2010
FALL 2K9- 4 PILLARS OF THE BLUE DYNASTY
ACE CLUB ~ Sentinel
I wonder if any research has been done on the influence of parade style baton & rifle twirling on aspects of fraternity & sorority cane performances. It seems to me that such a connection can be credibly made.
OTHER RELATED LINKS
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/11/princess-rachel-yisa-five-nigerian.html (video #2 and video #5 that show African men dancing with a stick or a tool that I believe is s short garden hoe. However, by no means does this mean that the cane (kane) performance activity done by historically Black Greek lettered organizations originated from traditional African dances.
Click this post on my zumalayah blog for information about & videos of the Egyptian folk art of cane fighting & cane dancing:
This link is given to show the antiquity of cane dance performances. This link is also given to show the similarities between some of these movements and those done by historically Black Greek lettered organizations. However, I'm not indicating that Egyptian cane fighting/dancing was the source of or influenced the use of cane (kane) in historically Black Greek lettered fraternities and sororities.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THANKS
Thanks to all those who have quoted in this post. And thanks to the positive history & role modeling, and the performance arts legacy of all Black Greek lettered organizations.
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