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In Dahomey marked an important milestone in the evolution of the American musical comedy. Its composer Will Marion Cook combined the "high operetta style" he had studied with the relatively new form of ragtime in the finale "The Czar of Dixie." According to John Graziano, author of Black Theatre USA, it was "the first African American show.The score made use of the "high operetta style" studied by hj that synthesized successfully the various genres of American musical theatre popular at the beginning of the twentieth century—minstrelsy, vaudeville, comic opera, and musical comedy."
Significantly, the New York Theater production of In Dahomey marked the first full-length African American musical to be staged in an indoor venue on Broadway (following the earlier success of Clorindy in a rooftop setting). During its four-year tour, In Dahomey proved one of the most successful musical comedies of its era. The show helped make its composer, lyricist and leading performers household names. In Dahomey was the first black musical to have its score published (albeit in the UK, not the US).
Marie Laveau and the Gullah Geechee What is Pan African tradition in the Diaspora? Come learn Marie Laveau and the Gullah Geechee The New Orleans style of voodoo derives from the cultures of Benin’s Dahomey Empire, the Yoruba and the Akan. It is an Afro-creole tradition. Creole is a Portuguese word meaning “home born”. It does not mean people of a lighter skin tone. Therefore Afro-creole refers to the Afrakans born into the system of slavery. Because of this unique blend, New
Brother Vignon Omojagun, the former Thomas Gilmore who was able to throw off his slave name earlier this month in Ouidah, Benin, West Africa at his naming ceremony is our guest. Brother Vignon will tell us about his search for this roots which ended in his meeting the family left behind by his African ancestor in what was once Dahomey. He will talk about how he and his family are recreating the link that was broken during the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. This is an excit
Join Mario, and hoodoo practitioner "The Mystery Man" that will be spreading the knowledge about The Loas and Haitian Vodun Traditions. The word Vodun / Voodoo was derived from a West African God.Yoruba people who lived in 18th and 19th century Dahomey. Its roots may go back 6,000 years in Africa. That country occupied parts of today's Togo, Benin and Nigeria. Africans that were prisoners of war brought their religion with them when they were forcibly shipped to Haiti and other islands in the West Indies. In case you miss Vergil website go www.youtube.com/user/thetoadsbool
DRUMMING! Episode VIII - Part One of Two Parts dedicated to Drumming. Our special guest Ryan Taylor Anderson - Spirit Drummer. Ryan uses "the drum as a means of invoking the Divine within every soul, Re-aligning the mind, body and Spirit using various forms of West African Shamanic drum healing combined with spirit rhythms of the Ifa, Yoruba and Dahomey to call down healing energy." Ryan has studied drumming with several teaches in Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico. He is also a Reiki Master/Teacher. We will be taking calls at the end of the show. His website is www.sacredrhythm.webs.com/
What's up with that obsession with ancient Kemet? Did our ancestors who were brought over during the slave trade come all the way from ancient Kemet? Hmm....
What about our ancestors from the ancient African kingdoms on the WESTERN side of the continent? Should we forget about the Mali, Songhai, Dahomey, Benin, or Kongo kingdoms? Hmm....
Call in, ladies and gentlemen, and enlighten Doncalypso, RoninSoul75, and Purposed_1/Alvin III on this matter.
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