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The Art of Black Dance and Music perform dances from the harvest festival Kwanzaa

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Title:
The Art of Black Dance and Music perform dances from the harvest festival Kwanzaa
Description:
In this clip dance and drumming company The Art of Black Dance and Music, under the guidance of Artistic Director DiAma Battle, performs harvest dances from Guinea, Gambia, Nigeria, and Senegal, and explain the seven principles of Kwanzaa (one for each day of celebration). Overall the program explores the harvest festival Kwanzaa, an African and Mid-Eastern holiday now celebrated by African Americans as a way of identifying with their African heritage. To accomplish this, the dance and drumming company The Art of Black Dance and Music, under the guidance of Artistic Director DiAma Battle, performs harvest dances from Guinea, Gambia, Nigeria, and Senegal, and explain the seven principles of Kwanzaa (one for each day of celebration). Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with DiAma about the difference between African and African American celebrations of Kwanzaa, the meaning of the seven principles (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith), how these principles are celebrated, and how more African Americans are celebrating both Kwanzaa and Christmas. The majority of the program consists of performances. Produced by Barbara Barrow-Murray. Directed by Eric Himes.
Director:
Himes, Eric
Producer:
Barrow-Murray, Barbara
Creator:
Deare, Beth
Contributor:
Merhar, Milan
Contributor:
Rosenthal, Iris
Contributor:
Mackles, Gene
Contributor:
Norton, Chas
Contributor:
Holden, Dick
Contributor:
Hill, Rebecca
Contributor:
Gisser, Michelle
Contributor:
Clarke, Brian
Contributor:
Bordett, Bruce
Contributor:
Correia, Dennis
Contributor:
Fairweather, Bill
Contributor:
Carey, Nancy
Contributor:
Lewis, Webster
Host:
Barrow-Murray, Barbara
Contributor:
St. Onge, David
Contributor:
Chigas, Basil
Contributor:
Rivera, George
Contributor:
Mahard, Fran
Contributor:
Koppel, Tiit
Date:
December 29, 1978
Format:
Film/Video
Location:
WGBH
Collection (local):
WGBH Open Vault
Series:
Say Brother
Subjects:
Kwanzaa
African American dance
Art of Black Dance and Music, The
Battle, DiAma
African Americans in the performing arts
Dance--Africa
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Publisher:
WGBH Educational Foundation
Identifier:
V_94E1CFF4BD1A4B2FA026AABAE253F194