Ina mi Dancehall, talk about da Islands Man!

Wow! Two weeks worth of posts behind. Geez is this what it has come to? Well to make up for that slacking,  you get a mega update with double music listings from the two classes from November 29 and November 22 (which was subbed by my friend Obiamaka).

We took it to the Caribbean; Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and more. Dancehall, Ragga, Soca & a little bit of Zouk! Dancehall is one of my favorites genres of music, and I went through a time in my life when the only type of music I would listen and dance to was that (for about 2.5 years). It was crazy! But oh so beautiful. One of the cool things about dancehall is how ever-evolving, down-to-earth and for-the-people it is. I like also that there is so much participation from all genders and body types in the performance of the style.


My friend Eboni Senai highlighted this article about how its seems that dancehall may be becoming 'genderless'. I know for me this is a pretty interesting phenomenon because I have sometimes felt frustrated about not seeing more women do 'interesting' moves like their men counterparts. I was always eager to learn the other moves as well and not just be limited to whining, popping and booty shaking although I really like doing that as well!

As with a lot of dances I explore in the Afro-Urban experience, there is a lot of criticsm about song lyrics, mysoygny, negative stereotypes, e.t.c in Dancehall. Typically, I select what feels right and comfortable for me. Because I feel like this same criticsm can be made for so many other genres and styles of music, so you just have to find what works for you.

Dancehall is global and has been re-created and re-styled so many ways. Lots of sub-cultures and genres have emerged from it, one of my favorite being UK Garage from the streets of London.

Okay enough talking, let's get down to the music

Music from Class on November 22 (taught by Obiamaka)

Warm Up
  • Ara ( Wonders)-- Brymo
  • Jamaica -- Vybz Kartel
  • We Found Love -- Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
Movements
  • Hold Yuh -- Gyptian
  • Miss Fatty -- Million Stylez
  • Make Money -- G. Starr
Choreography
  • Teno -- Zara
Cool Down
  • Mi Remember -- Vybz Kartel
  • Wifey Riddim ( Instrumental) -- Flukes
  • Festa Mascarado -- Suzanna Lubrano
Music from Class November 29: Dancehall & Soca

Warm Up
  • Hold Yuh ( Soca Remix)-- Vybz Kartel, Gyptian & Machel Montano
  • Drinking Rum-- Future Fambo & Beenie Man
  • We Found Love -- Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
Choreography

  • Willie Bounce- Elephant Man
  • Hula Hoop- Macka Diamond
  • Helicopter -- Artist Unknown (Soca)