Awassa Dance

Awassa dance is a dance where the dancers traditionally tell a story with their gestures or embellish the story that is being song.

The dance is accompanied by traditional drums, kwa kwa(bangi, small bench) and various apinti drums.  The dancers have a strand of kawai(dried, hardened shell of fruit) around their ankles, which makes a crisp shaker like sound and they add another rhythmic dimension to the music.

Awassa Technique demonstration:

More traditional Awassa performance:

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