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Dancing Women Print


Exploring African and American music traditions.


This piece combines African and American music traditions. The traditional instrumental music of Africa is only passed down orally while instrumental music in America is written using strict sheet music notation. In this piece, music notes from sheet music were incorporated into an African dance scene, joining the two cultures into one appreciation of music. Masked dances are often used in traditional African ceremonies. Ghanaian beads adorn each figure. For the dancing women in the background, the waist beads symbolize femininity and spiritual well-being. The figure in the foreground plays an atenteben which is a bamboo flute that originated with the Akan ethnic group of south-central Ghana.

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Dimensions 50.8 × 40.64 in

16×20 in, 8×10 in