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The movements of the dance express feminine behavior: simple and delicate foot patterns; the gentle tread of the feet on the ground; the deliberately controlled swing of the hips; and a calm, composed demeanor are all characteristics of the Otofo dance. Finally, the Tokoe is a coming-of-age dance for girls. They wear scarves that are affixed to their index fingers. The dancers flick their wrists so the scarves move in accordance with the flicking action. The scarves are used throughout the dance; they are waved, furled, and unfurled.
The narrow, pointed horns of the antelope often represent masculinity. West African Dances 51 struggle between the Bambana people and the uncompromising earth. The Bambana people believe that they were put in contact with all the elements of the universe through agriculture. While the men perform the dance, they wear intricately designed headdresses featuring the characteristics of man and animal. Women sing the Tyi Wara song so that the men can become excellent farmers. Zou (Zouw) is a harvest dance of the Gio people of northeastern Liberia.
Doundounba is a Senegalese dance of strong men. Women do not traditionally perform movements from the Doundoumba, but when it is performed on stage, they dance movements from the Mandiani dance. Instruments used include the djimbe, a goblet-shaped hand drum that makes a high, crisp sound, as well as doun doun, doundoumba, sangba, and kenkeni—different names for different sizes of the same double-headed, cylindrical drum. Pele pele ka ngwu ji ana is the last dance of the Agaba performance. ” The masks and musicians exit the arena doing this dance.
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