Kwa-kwa-kwa uma-ye (Track)

Kwa-kwa-kwa uma-ye (Track)

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Material sourced from the International Library of African Music. Copyright International Library of African Music.
The Nyau dance, they say, is performed in the dry season. The dancers put on rags and cover their faces and heads with feathers or grass masks so that they cannot be recognized. In some cases disobedient girls can be caught and beaten. It is an initiation dance for boys but the women instructors can use them for this purpose. It always appears to be girls who needs instruction and never the boys who merely go through their initiation ceremonies.
Content Type
Field recording (raw)
3 mins
Anthropologist / Ethnographer
Hugh Tracey, 1903-1977
Sub Genre
Dance, African Drumming
Series Number
Anthropology, World Music, Social Sciences, Music & Performing Arts, Cultural anthropology, Africa

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