AFRAM 337 Live Blog Post 2 – Jason Scrempos

As we are now getting into the dance more and more, we are seeing a variety of different movements and emotions being involved in it. The lady talking explains that they are talking with the music and making the music with their dance. And that the dances make the music into something even bigger than it is. She explains that they are not just dancing around but they are moving in a way that is meaningful. The unity of the people coming together makes it something really special. They can have meaning in dance that allows for them to not even use words to express how they are feeling. She explains that you give your thanks to the drum which means you are giving thanks to the people who came before you as well that did what they could to make all of this happen all the time ago too.

AFRAM 337 Live Blog Post 1 – Jason Scrempos

It has been a really cool experience so far, the atmosphere here is something very special and different. To start the event off we are learning about some of these musicians, dancers, and artists up on the stage. They are being introduced by our professor, explaining all the things they have accomplished and done throughout their lives and what they are doing now. The women that are being introduced are very involved and really care about this event a lot. They are doing a drumming performance right now and showing us all the traditions that they have grown up and been through in their lives. They are explaining that these traditions are things that have been passed down from generation to generation.  Now all of the people that have came here today are coming together and dancing as a group. They are about to show us a few of their dance traditions.