There will be daily classes in Mozambican traditional dance with our local teacher Eugénio Macuvel. Instead of dancing you can also choose to join our drum and singing teacher twins Elias and Augusto Manhiça and accompany the dancers. There will also be a specific musical class for all participants.
Traditional Mozambican dance
There are over 1000 traditional dances in Mozambique, each region, each village has their own traditions and variations of different rhythms and dances. There can be dances symbolising celebration, war, love or harvesting, however, today variations of the dances are mainly used as an individual expression or to represent the rich Mozambican culture at events. What they all have in common is that rhythm comes first, movements come second. In the Bantu languages such as Ronga and Changana, spoken in Southern Mozambique, the word “ngoma” could mean either music, dance, drum or song; in the end it is all expressions of the same thing.
In our classes we will focus on different traditional Mozambican dances, rhythms and songs experiencing the different flavours of the country’s culture. We will also discuss and explore “Afro Swing”; by which we mean: the African roots of music and movement as it relates to Swing. With rhythm as our guide, we will better understand the African heritage of these “rhythm dances” we call Lindy Hop, authentic jazz and their shared traditions of expression. African American social dances have, first and foremost, been an expression of emotion or social allegory rather than something created for the stage; another legacy from African tradition which you will definitely feel throughout the exchange in Mozambique.
Dancing and singing was a natural part of Eugenios childhood just like for other children in the neighbourhood. He Started “Crianças da Paz” (Children of Peace) together with the Manhiça twins at the age of 12 and became the young choreographer of Wuchene at the age of 14. Continuing his career as the Artistic Director of Hodi Maputo Afro Swing he has through the years put together choreographies with up to 50 dancers on stage. He has worked and choreographed in different parts of the world such as South Africa, Sweden, China and Brazil.
Elias and Augusto Manhiça
Elias and Augusto are also known as “Gêmeos Manhiça” (the Manhiça Twins). They were born in a culturally rich family and started their first cultural group already in 2003 called “Crianças da Paz” (Children of Peace) where music, song and dance were inseparable. They soon joined the dance company Wuchene and later created Hodi Maputo Afro Swing where Elias now is the president and Augusto the musical director. They are also the band leaders of Banda Hodi which is know growing in its popularity in Mozambique.
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