Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eight Videos Of Igbo Dances (Nigeria, West Africa) with viewer comments

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part series on traditional Igbo dances from Eastern Nigeria, West Africa. This post showcases eight dance videos from Eastern Nigeria.

Click for Part I of this series. That post provides information about the Atilogwu dance and showcases four videos of that dance. Videos of Atilogwa dancing are also included in this post.

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

All copyrights remain with their owners.

(These videos are presented in chronological order with the videos with the oldest dates posted first.

UPDATE: November 20, 2015
Two of these videos are different from the original videos that were showcased. One of those videos was removed from YouTube because of alleged copyright infringement and another video was showcased on Part I of this pancocojams post.

Example #1: Adamma Masquerade Dance 1

Ezeoke T E, Uploaded on Apr 20, 2008

Adamma Masquerade in Igbo land, Biafra, Nigeria, Africa. Egwu Adamma nke ndi Enugwu nke ala Igbo nke Biafra di na Afirika.
Selected comments:
"I praise Igboland. I salute the ancestors of the Igbo. I bow down to the Igbo. May culture lead."

mikco2000, 2008
igbo kwenu!
Enugu state kwenu!
man, this tak es back home.nice song and dance thanking for posting.i love my state.

Example #2: Igbo original Ikpirikpi Ogu dance (Igbo trad. War dance) 1

Ezeoke T E, Uploaded on Aug 12, 2009

The authentic and original Ikpirikpi Ogu dance from Abia state Nigeria (Igbo trad. War dance)

Example #3: Ogene Nti ike 4

ahasommovies, Uploaded on Feb 9, 2011

Ogene music from Enugu state
"Ogene is a style of Igbo music consisting of, and taking its name from, the ogene instrument, which is a large metal bell. The Ogene instrument has historically been made by the Igbo people of Nigeria. It is one of the most important metal instruments of the people."

"Enugu (/eɪˈnuːɡuː/ ay-NOO-goo;[11] Igbo: Énugwú)[12][13] is the capital of Enugu State in Nigeria. It is located in southeastern Nigeria. The city has a population of 722,664 according to the 2006 Nigerian census.[6] The name Enugu is derived from the two Igbo words Énú Ụ́gwụ́ meaning "hill top" denoting the city's hilly geography"...
Click for information about Enugu State.



Akin Sokehinsi, Uploaded on Aug 30, 2011

This is a cultural group performance from Enugu (Eastern Nigeria) at the AGM of Nigerian Institute of Animal Science held in Enugu, Nigeria in August 2011.

Here are a few comments from this video's viewer comment thread.*

*It's a pity that most of the videos showcased in this post and in Part I of this series have no comments at all.

"It's quite unusual for the "mortals", rather than the masquerades to be the center of attraction.

I notice Ada Mma and Otenkwu masquerades practically yielding the stage. But something tells me this was not the case for the entire show. Even so, I would pay to watch these folks dance!!."

Pearce Sammy
"The dancers are good., You have to be very athletic to be able to perform in this kind of dance.

Are the dancers dancing to the drum beat or the drummers drumming according to the dance steps?"

Akin Sokehinsi
"The drummers drum to the dancing steps."

Ezeoke T E
"Nice dance and good drummers. Don't really like infusion of piano to it, it should remain traditional instrument all through."

Ekene N
"looks like Adanmma group from Enugu Ngwo, i recognise a few faces from my dads funeral in 2012"

Example #5: SPECIAL IGBO CULTURAL DANCE 2 (High Quality sound)

MAC DEE, Published on Nov 30, 2008

Wonderful performance by one of the Igbo cultural troupes. This one from Udi in Enugu State, Nigeria.
This is video is Part 2 of three videos to that series. The other videos can be found on YouTube.

Selected comments from the "Special Ibgo Cultural Dance" viewer discussion thread:
"what do these dances and traditions mean?? im "african american" i know these are the people we come from, and i want to know about our people. us "blacks" in america are like the successful big brother who all the other brothers look up to, jamaicans are like warriors and laid back brother, hiatians are our preist, but YOU, igbo, are like the great grandfather who holds all the secret knowledge and history of the past you are most important. from brazil to cuba we are a speial people."

MrPotu, 2013
in reply to polo_loco
"I strongly appreciate your interest in your roots and Africans as a people. However, “Pigeon Holing” a people is divisive and should be avoided at all cost. We are this and you are that only goes to disrupt us. Dance forms are nothing more than that; Dance forms: A visual art that uses music to paint body movements in 3-dimensional space. A mimicry of nature (albeit, a poor imitation of nature)."

afrikanhub [2011]
in reply to polo_loco
"@FLpolo To celebrate life dance and drink palm wine. Its just that simple. Traditions identifies each tribe"

:O wher i was younger i was so much scared from this mask :DD

Christine Osiuhwu
in reply to polo_loco
lol no one looks up to black ppl in america you guys are all on in ghettos and on welfare not educated at all bye.

Mr smith
in reply to Christine Osiuhwu
@Osiuhwu. African Americans are Igbo and West African decendents. Teach those that want to learn.

Ezi Rock, Jul 15, 2014
FLpolo please ignore Christine. Her response to you was rubbish. We all do not think like that...thankfully.

Example #6: St Michael's Catholic Youth Dance - Okija, Nigeria (Part 1)

missionoz, Uploaded on Jul 19, 2011

'The Outing Ceremony' dance is performed by the Youth of St Michael's Catholic in Ihite Okija in Nigeria. This event was hosted by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Anthony C. Ananwa.
There are a total of six of these videos.

Unfortunately, to date, none of these videos except #3 have any comments, and video #3 only has two comments. Thankfully, one of those commenters indicated that this was Igbo dancing. That is what helped me find the other examples of Igbo dances that I featured in this two part series video.

However, I'm not sure about what is meant by "outing dance" means in the context of these videos. I've found several references to "cuting" in articles on Igbo culture - for instance, if I understood those articles correctly, that word was used to refer to a woman coming back into the public after confinement for birth. "The outing ceremony (Igbapu Omughu)" can also "mark the end of [a woman's] nursing period". Also, an outing dance can also be held after a funeral [or as part of a funeral process?]. In addition, I came across the word "outing" used in a Facebook page about Igbo Atilogwu dances.** In that sentence, the word "outing" was used the same way as Americans would use "premiere" or "debut performance".

**The link for that page is given in Part I of this series.

Given the age of the dancers, and the sponsorship by a school, I think that the term "outing ceremonial dance" in these videos refers to a coming of age dance or dances. If that is so, then this quote may best address the purposes of those dances:
The “ceremony of coming of age, or social puberty” in the Igbo culture “is that of acceptance of responsibility for one's own conduct of his/her life within the community, or the community's acknowledgement of one as a responsible, socially mature entity within the group identity and its body politic. It is a celebrated event. In most Igbo communities it requires some arduous qualifying tests or assignments other than the attainment of the age of biological puberty for males. The puberty ceremony, which is a form of outing, is a public presentation to the community of the youths who are thereby accepted as eligible for adult roles in the community” (21 p121)."

Example #7: St Michael's Catholic Youth Dance - Okija, Nigeria (Part 2)

missionoz, Uploaded on Jul 19, 2011

'The Outing Ceremony' dance is performed by the Youth of St Michael's Catholic in Ihite Okija in Nigeria. This event was hosted by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Anthony C. Ananwa.

Example #8: St Michael's Catholic Youth Dance - Okija, Nigeria (Part 3)

missionoz, Uploaded on Jul 19, 2011

'The Outing Ceremony' dance is performed by the Youth of St Michael's Catholic in Ihite Okija in Nigeria. This event was hosted by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Anthony C. Ananwa.

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

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