Mapele is a dance form from Colombia that has African roots mainly from Angola. With its extremely fast rhythms, mapale is traditionally played with two drums, el tambor alegre and una tambura, that are supported by clapping. Nowadays, musicians often add a gauche a (shaker) to the sound. With its long heritage the dance has spread to other parts of South America in countries such as Panama and Ecuador.
The movements are based on the Mapale fish movements when the fish are out of the water. The fast paced body movements and musical rhythm is definitely a beautiful sight to see.
Brazil has the biggest black African diaspora outside of Africa. Now, when it comes to children’s media there is very little reflection of this fact. As we are based in Nigeria we didn’t really have any idea just how bad the situation was. That is until we were approached by several English speaking Brazilian fans of Bino & Fino asking if there was a Portuguese version of the show.
2015 was a really awesome year. We discovered some really great things that are helping to nurture young minds. After a lot of thinking we've compiled our favorite 5 posts of 2015.
Cultural dances play a huge role in African societies. These dance forms are used to teach moral values, social etiquette and to help people mature and celebrate members of the community while celebrating festivals and other occasions.
Here is a neat list of stores that do African themed greeting cards for you to check out.
Learn how to say hello in these African languages.