A twitch of the hips; a tap of the foot and graceful arms in sync with the vibrant rhythm. This is traditional Congolese dance and every week these artists meet here in an effort to preserve it. Of course we have to protect it. We must always hold onto our traditions. In each tribe messages are sent through dancing. We as traditional artists, we cherish our traditions and it’s important for the life our tribes.
Jucko Nzeza leads the dancers. They come from across the DRC representing some of the country’s 200 ethnic groups. They’ve mastered their traditional dances but it’s an art that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as Congo soukous famed across Africa.
New soukous dance moves shared on social media quickly go viral and Fally Ipupa, arguably the best soukous pop star in the DRC these days has taken the dance to a new level. His music videos and concerts set the tone for what will trend in the streets. But 20-year-old Abigail Penba says traditional dance is her priority. She focuses on preparing her body for the acrobatic movements. For her, it’s more than just a dance. It’s our heritage; my mother is also a dancer.
社交媒体上分享的新苏卡斯舞蹈动作迅速传播开来，Fally Ipupa，被认为是刚果民主共和国最近最热门的流行歌手，将舞蹈推向了一个新的高度。他的音乐录影带和音乐会为街头的潮流定下了基调。但是20岁的Abigail Penba说传统舞蹈是她的首选。她集中精力调整身体为杂技动作做准备。对她来说，这不仅仅是一场舞蹈。这是我们的家族传统，我妈妈也是一名舞蹈演员。
Ballet Arumbaya Ndendeli takes traditional dance to the level of high performance art. The Kinshasa-based group combined strong visual elements with intricate choreography.Nzeza and his Ballet Grand Danseurs hoped to do the same and even more. To go as far as possible, to Western countries, to many other countries not simply playing in Congo,to sign many contracts, to perform here and there in great halls. Chika Oduah, for VOA News in Kinshasa.
Arumbaya Ndendeli芭蕾将传统舞蹈提升到了表演艺术的高度。这个以基于金沙萨文化的团队结合了强大的视觉元素和复杂的舞蹈编排。恩泽扎和他的芭蕾舞团团长希望做同样的事情，甚至更多。去到尽可能远的地方，去到西方国家，去到许多其他国家，而不仅仅是在刚果表演，去签很多合同，去各地的大礼堂表演。美国之音新闻Chika Oduah,报道。