Program 

Drumming, singing and dancing are elemental parts of cultural life in Africa and belong inseparably together.

Rhythm, sound and movement are molding African everyday life. They structure the work inside the house (pounding fufu) and on the fields (digging, weeding, sowing), the work of fisherman (rowing, pulling the nets) and craftsmen (forging, hammering, planing) and they are the main elements of the games children in Africa grow up with. Rhythm and movement give  orientation, factor of safety and energy in all doings. 

Moreover each important event in social life has a specific institutionalized form of drumming, singing and dancing, that conveys and preserves itís significance within the community - as a cultural idiom arising from religious, social and esthetical life of itís people.

Rhythm, sound and movement are deeply rooted me- diums of self-expression and communication extensively used up to today. Conveying human experiences and feelings by expressive, structured movements is a dra- matic language, which is spoken and understood every- where. With rhythm, vocal and movement people in Africa are speaking about themselves, with drumming and dancing they narrate their life...

The African dances, songs and rhythms, which Odehe is presenting on the tours with  a big en- semble, are traditional dances in original ethnic idiom from different parts of Africa. 

Odehe boasts of a large repertoire of more than 40 African rhythms and dances with plenty connecting songs which they present with traditional acoustic instruments.


Through Emmanuel Gomados own fascinating choreography and arrangement ethnic songs, rhythms, dances and costumes are fusing to a personal creation of an unique performance of African culture which captures the soul of the auditory and takes it along.

 

 

Watching Odehe is like seeing Africa on stage ...