The Mapalé Dance From Colombia

Mapele is a dance form from Colombia that has African roots mainly from Angola. With its extremely fast rhythms, mapale is traditionally played with two drums, el tambor alegre and una tambura, that are supported by clapping. Nowadays, musicians often add a gauche a (shaker) to the sound. With its long heritage the dance has spread to other parts of South America in countries such as Panama and Ecuador. 

The movements are based on the Mapale fish movements when the fish are out of the water. The fast paced body movements and musical rhythm is definitely a beautiful sight to see.

Posted on August 4, 2015 and filed under African Culture, Education.