Thursday, October 31, 2013

Four Videos Of Atilogwu Dance (Igbo) Nigeria, West African Dance)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part I of a two part series on traditional Igbo (Nigeria, West African dances from Nigeria, West Africa. This post provides information about the Atilogwu dance and showcases four videos of that dance.

Click for Part II f this series. Part II showcases eight additional Igbo dance videos.

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

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From "The History of Ezeagu Atilogwu" Posted by admin on November 17, 2011
"Ezeagu is endowed with a rich cultural heritage, and traditional festivals and dances announce the arrival and departure of the various seasons of the year. Ogugo-Chi, Akanu, Oku Owa-Ito, Ibono Okochi, Ibono Udu-Mii, Mgba Ndi-Omu, Mgba Une n’Une, Owhuwhu-Ji and Mgba Ogwu are principal festivals, while the international-famed Ezeagu Atilogwu dance remains the cynosure at traditional dance jamborees in Enugu State and in other parts of Nigeria...

Atilogwu is an amalgamation or montage of five dances – Anam, Ogwulogwu, Anaku, Ochanja and Adunjanja. For some others, it is that of Mgbaga, Ogwulogwu, Otiokpokpo, Ochufulu and Egwu-Igba. It dominates every other dance in Ezeaguland because of its magnificent rhythms and physical acrobatic movements formed from elaborations and modifications of the afore-mentioned dances. Other areas that feature the Atilogwu include: Ugbanu, Ebenebe, Igbo-Ukwu and the people of the Anambra Basin, but Ezeagu people have passed the art from one group to another so that it is now synonymous with them...

The first unplanned outing ceremony – debut – (i chifuta egwu) of the Ezeagu Atilogwu, Lagos, took place circa July 1948, during a condolence visit...

The Atilogwu became the most talked about traditional dance in Nigeria. The style, sequence and eloquent movements of the dancers thrilled spectators who wondered whether there was magic in the dance. Newspapers, Reporters, and Commentators saw and reported the dance in different ways. Atilogwu dancers’ pictures were used for both postcards and Christmas greeting cards. Any occasion that was not ended with the Atilogwu was regarded as unsuccessful”...

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

Example #1: Atilogwu in Chicago


Victor Aghadi, Uploaded on Aug 6, 2008

An enthralling Atilogwu quartet from Ohio storm the recent august gala nite of the Abatete USA in Chicago

Example #2: Original Igbo dance (Igbo trad. dance men/women)

Ezeoke T E,Uploaded on Aug 12, 2009

The authentic and original ibo dance from Abia state Nigeria (Igbo trad. dance)
This video replaces a previous video that was featured in this post. That video is no longer available in the United States and I'm not sure where it can be seen.

Example #3: atilogwu dancers.mpg

Livingcultures, Uploaded on May 31, 2011

Example #4: ATILOGWU

GOLD UGOJI, Published on Apr 15, 2013

Blackbones performing atilogwu dance

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  1. videos do not play.
    typical nigerian technology

    1. Anonymous, thanks for visiting this blog.

      I'm sorry that these videos didn't work when you tried to watch them.

      I hope that they work in your area if you try them again.