North Africa

Moroccan Dance

Lebanese Dance

Arabian Belly Dance

Egyptian Dance

Sudanese Dance

South Africa

Dance Show

Street Party

Zulu Dance


Central Africa

Kenya Massai


Mozambique Bridal Dance

West Africa

West African Dance

Ghana Dance

Mali Dance

Congo Soukous

More Africa

African Dance Styles

Mauritius Dance

Ghana Dance

Ghana Dance

Dancing to cool drumbeats is the heart of African dance. The djembe drum, common throughout all of West Africa, is a skin-covered hand drum shaped like a large goblet.

The drum is said to contain three spirits: One from the tree, one from the animal that gave its skin, and one from the drum-maker. In the past, rural villages used the djembe to communicate with one another.

Today, it is the music that brings people together to perform traditional African dance, a vibrant, energetic style of dancing.