– [Announcer] This module is sponsored by the Children’s Services
Council of Broward County. (playful flute music) – Hey – Hi, hello and welcome. – Hi, I’m Penny, and these
are the KidVision VPK kids, and we’re here today to find
out about West African culture. – Oh, well my name is Latrice, and I am a member of Delou
Africa Dance Ensemble. Today, come and experience
the rich history of West Africa through
story tale, song, dance, and we have an amazing performance prepared for you later on. Come on, let me introduce you to Madafo. He has a story ready for you. – Good morning.
– Good morning. – Ah, so wonderful for
you to come and visit me. I am so happy. Come, have a seat. – Yeah. – Do you like stories? – Yes! – Well, I come from a special
group of storytellers. These storytellers are called Griot. You say Griot. – Griot. – These are the storytellers who keep the history of the people. And would you join in and sing with me? – Yes.
– Would you help me? – Yes. – Okay, here we go. ♪ I’ve known rivers ♪
♪ I’ve known rivers ♪ ♪ Ancient dusty rivers ♪
♪ Ancient dusty rivers ♪ ♪ I’ve known rivers ♪ ♪ in the north and the south ♪ ♪ I’ve known rivers ♪ ♪ in the north and the south ♪ ♪ I’ve known rivers ♪ ♪ in the east and the west ♪ ♪ I’ve known rivers ♪ ♪ in the east and the west ♪ ♪ In North America ♪
♪ In North America ♪ ♪ And South America ♪
♪ And South America ♪ ♪ Asia ♪
♪ Asia ♪ ♪ Africa ♪
♪ Africa ♪ ♪ I’ve known rivers ♪ ♪ in the north and the south ♪ ♪ I’ve known rivers ♪ ♪ in the north and the south ♪ ♪ I’ve known rivers ♪ ♪ in the east and the west ♪ ♪ I’ve known rivers ♪ ♪ in the east and the west ♪ ♪ I’ve known and seen some rivers ♪ You sing. ♪ I’ve known and seen some rivers ♪ – Oh that was wonderful. Give yourselves a big hand. That was great! (clapping) Yes, yeah. Thank you for joining in. (upbeat music) – Welcome everyone. We’re now in the art room, and we’re going to learn about some traditional West
African arts and crafts. – So hi, my name is Christel. Welcome. How is everyone today? – Great.
– [Christel] Good. Today we’re going to learn
how to make arm bands, and a headband for boys. And we’re also going to learn how to make pom-pom belts for girls. And these are used to accessorize
the costumes worn on stage for performance in the
traditional West African theater. – All the clothing that you
see that dancers are wearing, they can actually make. – Exactly. And very simple and easy. Boys wear the headbands and the armbands to show their strength
while they’re on the stage. And girls, we do a lot of hip movement, and the bells, you like that, right? The bells and the beads make your costume look very beautiful. – [Penny] Sounds great. – Are you excited? – Yeah! – So am I!
Let’s go. (upbeat African world music) – Today we are going
to learn some rhythms, and then we are going to dance the rhythm and a dance
that’s called Lamba. Can you say Lamba? – Lamba.
– Wonderful. And this rhythm and dance was traditionally done
for rites of passage. That means passages of life,
and that’s called Lamba. So, the first thing I want you
to do before we get started, can you take the shoes off? Because we want to be close to the earth. Shoes and socks, we want
you to feel the earth. These drums in front of
you is a family of drums, and they’re called dundun. Can you say dundun? – Dundun. – Okay, the dundun is
our bass drums, okay? And they make a beautiful sound. And we have constructed a song for you. Now listen to it. Lamba? – [Children] Yes! – Lamba? – Yes, yes! – Everybody dance Lamba!
Yes, yes! – Lamba? – Yes! – Lamba? – [Children] Yes, yes! – Everybody dance Lamba!
– [All] Yes, yes! – We’re having fun! I’m excited, we’re having lots of fun. Here we go. Are we ready? Presentation, here we go. – [Children] Yes. – One, two– – [Man] Four. (drumming) – Bum ba dum bum ba dum bum bum. Very good! Give yourselves– Very good. Now we’re gonna get ready to express ourselves through movement. It’s time to dance! – Yeah! (drumming) – Bum ba dum bum, walk it out! (drumming) Bum ba dum bum ba dum bum. – And now it’s time for our grand finale. (clapping) Delou Africa Dance Ensemble is going to perform a dance for you. We’re going to perform Makru. Can you say Makru? – Makru. – Are you ready? – [Children] Yes! (drumming) – [Performers] (singing
in foreign language) (drumming) – Now we would like the
KidsVision kids to come up. (drumming) – [All] (cheering) (slide whistle) (playful music) (slide whistle)