A Southern Girl in South Africa

A Southern Girl in South Africa

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Videos of Gumboot Dance and Drumming at Kliptown Youth Program (Soweto)

December 14, 2011 , , , , , , ,

During our tour of Soweto, we visited the Kliptown Youth Program (KYP).  Approximately 70 kids stay at the center (many of the kids’ parents have passed away).  KYP offers many types of programs for the youth including an arts program.  The very popular South African dance that they performed is called a gumboot dance.  Miners used to wear this type of boot to help with flooding in the mines.  They started doing these dances as a form of communication with other miners since they were prohibited from drumming in the mines.  The dance is similar in execution and style to forms of “Stepping” done by African-American fraternities and sororities. (source: wikipedia).

Many African-Americans, like my family, have been in the U.S. for hundreds of years but slaves were not allowed to maintain their languages or customs.  Many African-Americans have no idea what country their ancestors are from and thus we have very little (if any) connection to the country, language, or customs of our ancestors.  As a member of an African-American sorority who has “stepped” before, I must say it was very cool to see that African-Americans have a, albeit small, connection with Africa. Enjoy the videos!

The girls had to represent and get on the 1s and 2s as well.  A quick video of some of the KYP girls drumming.


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The Frats and sorors better watch out!! What an awesome group of kids.


December 19, 2011

LOL! I know, right? Myra, thanks for checking out my blog! Enjoy your holiday break!


December 19, 2011

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