Dance ensemble brings African traditions to Boone – The Appalachian



Created not only for App State students, but for the entire Boone community, the Diyé African Dance and Drum Ensemble aims to bring people together through the arts.

“I believe in African music and dance, culture and dance. It’s a functional marriage, ”said Baba Khalid Saleem, internationally renowned specialist in African music.

According to the African Union, the definition of the African diaspora is “People of African origin living outside the continent, whatever their citizenship and nationality, and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and to the construction of the African Union”.

“There are African dance companies all over the world. It’s amazing how many colleges have included this in their curriculum, ”said Sherone Price, Associate Professor of Dance Studies.

With hundreds of African languages, Saleem said he starts off by giving beginners a phrase such as “pay attention, we’ll start right away”, then adds a rhythm, and he found that it helps students get along with it. remember the music.

Saleem said that many African drums and dances come from ancient rituals and traditions passed down from generation to generation.

Price said that sometimes African dance comes with a stigma that if someone is not born into the culture, they are not allowed to participate.

There are African dance companies all over the world. It’s amazing how many colleges have included this in their curriculum.

– Sherone Prize

“What is it? Just because we believe in something, or love something, why can’t we do that too, if we find ourselves devoted or respectful to it?” Award said.

Price and Saleem said the set is an opportunity for anyone to hang out, regardless of their background, and for students to interact with those around the university.

“As an App State professor, I think sometimes we ignore the community,” Price said.

Price and Kaleem said they wanted to make sure people understand that while “we are part of the university, we are also part of a larger group of people.”

“It’s not about taking, taking, taking, but also about giving, giving, giving,” Price said.

Price said that when working for the Fall or Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble, he always includes a piece related to African diaspora dance or contemporary African work, as he feels it is important to present, and that is what he hopes to do with Diyé.

“Sharing is something about African dance culture,” Price said.


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