#JerusalemaDanceChallenge showed how Pan African styles can be ...

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#JerusalemaDanceChallenge showed how Pan African styles can be forged

Aesthetics, improvisation and freedom of expression in the dance have raised a more conscious concept of Africanity

Francesca Negro

A year has passed since an Angolan dance troupe called Fenómenos do Semba released a video of themselves dancing in a courtyard in Luanda to the South African hit song Jerusalema by Master KG.

With more than 16 million YouTube clicks, the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge swept the planet as social media users posted their own versions of the dance.

Its success has inspired me to offer some further reflections on the importance of the cultural meaning of this dance and its contribution to the creation of a Pan African aesthetic...

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