African Music and Dance in Print
Part 7 of 7: Dance Symbols
Dance symbols are directional in shape. Parts of the rectangle are cut off to indicate the direction. They literally point to the direction in which the action occurs. These symbols come in three different levels.
Placing any of these symbols within a given column tells you what part of the body is being moved, in which direction it is moved and the level of movement. A symbol placed in the support columns indicates the feet. If a symbol is placed in the arm column it indicates movement for the arm.
Sabar is a dance rhythm popular in Dakar, Senegal. West Africa among the Wolof people. It is also part of a dance form of the same name that contains many other dances of this style. It is played in drum ensembles of five to seven drums. Sabar is also one of the drum of the ensemble. When three drums only are used to play, the rhythm created is called Tuli Talmate. The notation allow you to view the music and dance as the African sees it...
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