Something about the traditional dances performed at the Youth Day celebrations in Big Bekondo was awfully reminiscent of music videos. While I recognize that the young people of even a remote Cameroonian village are influenced by North American pop culture (e.g. a young man playing Shania Twain music videos non-stop on the television in his tiny one-room abode in Kumba--a room he shares with a brother and sister), I suspect most of what looks familiar is going the other direction. Given how strongly African Americans feature in the genesis of rap and hip-hop music, I figure the moves these village kids make which bring to mind those performed by pop music dancers back home likely originate here in Africa, not in minds on North American soil.


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