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Professor sheds light on twerking & African dance styles as she shares video

A college professor identified as Elizabeth Leiba has taken to social media to discuss about the origin of a dance style called Xibelani which people also refer to as Southern African twerk.

Leiba, who shared a video of some ladies dancing and twisting their waists on her LinkedIn page, said the Xibelani dance is a native dance of the Tsonga women of the Limpopo Province in Southern Africa.

According to Elizabeth, the name of the dance comes from the Xitsonga language, and it can be translated to “hitting a rhythm”.

Professor sheds light on twerking & African dance styles as she shares video

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In her words: “African dance styles vary across tribes and nations, but all are deeply steeped in ritual and history.

“The drum is a crucial component of African tradition. It could be considered the heartbeat of the tribe. “Apart from the drum, African dance is also characterized by the clapping of hands and stomping of feet.”

The professor said Africans brought dance with them to North America during the slave era but they were not allowed to dance.

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She said: “However, they found ways to adapt their dancing and continue their traditions despite their circumstances.”

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