Giriama and Digo dance styles

  • Valerie A. Briginshaw

Abstract

It is often said in Kenya that people living on the Kenyan coast ‘really know how to dance’ and ‘their dances are really important to them’. These statements refer to the dancing of the Giriama and Digo peoples. They inhabit the Kenyan coastal strip from Malindi in the North, to the Tanzanian border in the South; the Giriama living to the North of Mombasa and the Digo to the South.

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Published
1987-07-21
How to Cite
Briginshaw, V. A. “Giriama and Digo Dance Styles”. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 6, no. 4, July 1987, pp. 144-5, doi:https://doi.org/10.21504/amj.v6i4.1265.