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Peace & Love in Africa Film and African Dance & Drumming

Peace & Love in Africa Film and African Dance & Drumming

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When:

  • Sun 19 Oct ’14, 10:00pm
  • Sun 19 Oct ’14, 11:30pm

Where:

Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland CBD

Restrictions:

All Ages

The drum rhythms and dance of Sabah are integral to the culture of Senegal and a vibrant, important part of Dakar its' capital city. Similarly in Zimbabwe dance and music are performed every day to communicate with ancestors. New Zealander Ra McRostie, teacher of African inspired dance, travels from her coastal seaside town of Oamaru to Africa to understand why dance is so vital to their society.

This feature documentary begins in Dakar, home to three million people and capital of Senegal. The drum rhythms and dance of Sabah are integral to the culture of Senegal and a vibrant, important part of this city. Dance is vital to all ceremonies ranging from birth and marriage to the election of politicians. Similarly in Zimbabwe dance and music are performed every day to communicate with ancestors and gain direction on how to live. How different from the peripheral role that dance occupies in New Zealand society! New Zealander Ra McRostie, teacher of African inspired dance, travels to Africa to explore her passion for dance and music.

As one viewer comments “...... in our society we enjoy dancing but we couldn’t, as they do, have a long conversation about it! ”

Leaving the coastal seaside town of Oamaru, Ra travels from the hibiscus filled gardens, salt waters and sandy streets of Senegal to the stunning mountainous farms of Zimbabwe and discovers the importance of music to the peoples she meets. Ra comes to a realisation of her own as to why she loves to dance.

Experience the spectacular, frenetic dance of the sabah parties in Dakhar, visit the holy city of Touba to listen in the early hours to the call for prayer, talk with the griots of Senegal, the storytellers. In Zimbabwe, witness the water rituals of the Shona people, whilst hearkening to the words of the ancestors. The ancestors come from far away at the bidding of the mbira, the ancient mystical harp of Africa.

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