Ivory Coast Dances

Intimacy related to the nation's traditions from the different sixty ethnic groups that Ivory Coast is made of. Every ethnic group has it self many dances; (two are three for every occasion or activity) . Here are examples of the Ivory Coast tribes/Ethnic groups signature dances:

The Baoulé tribe dances ADJOSS, MAMIAN, KOTOU, ABODAN
The Gouro tribe dances ZAOULI, FLALI, DJE
The Sénoufo tribe dances BOLOYE, N'GORON
The We (Wobe, and Guerre) tribe dances Masks, Zouha, Blongnourou, Snake dancers.

TEMATE (dance Wobe) is a joy dance a story telling of the rice. From seeding to the harvesting of the rice. ... TEMATE means « beauty» in We (Wobe). In villages and in We Traditions, the TEMATE is danced by the young girls who mime step by step the work of cultivating the rice field (clearing the forest, seeding up to harvesting and more). In general temate depict everyday life in a primitive setting. Not like in America were we can run to a safeway or Giant stores to buy a bag of rice; in the villages far from industrial city noise, every things we eat it has to be care ourselves.. Today Temate is danced by both sexes. Children and adults.

BOLOYE a dance re-joy that is executed a the end of the rite of passage. BOLOYE is also called panther dance because young men initiated wear during the dance which remind you of the pelage of the animal's felines.

KOTOU is a dance of rejoicing. KOTOU was created for the boa snake which vomited girls in three nights in exchange of having the men making a dance for him. This dance is generally reserved for men but women could take part. The musicians lead the steps of dancers./p>

N'GORON is an above all, a secret dance: the youths are initiated by a circle of<< Poro>> for 7 years in the secret forest. At the End of period of initiation the youths dance the N'GORON. These dancers will then teach other girls of their generation the dance of N'GORON that is used to greed dignitaries and officials as a dance of rejoicing.