Africa

Africa's tribal dance gets modern

Published 10:27 PM ET, Tue March 24, 2015
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The "adumu" ("jumping dance") is a Maasai warrior rite of passage. Warriors who jump highest can be considered as future chiefs. Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images
The Isukha and Idakho communities in western Kenya practice a lively, celebratory dance called "isukuti". CNN
The dance is accompanied by drum music, and is often a part of events, such as weddings, funerals and public congregations. CNN
The Mijikenda in Kenya's east practice the "mdundo", the song and dance of their elders. CNN
Mdundo dancers wear uniforms, and mainly use their shoulders and waist. CNN
Founded in 2001, the Sarakasi Dance Company is one troupe that has found inspiration in the "adumu", and other ancient dance rituals. CNN
In developing their style, Sarakasi has orchestrated cultural exchanges with their dancers throughout the continent and beyond. CNN