Dance has always played a very important role in African culture, with different dances conveying different messages depending on who performs the dances, and when and where they take place. But during the time of Apartheid a new form of African dance emerged in the form of pantsula – a highly energetic, quick-stepping dance performed low to the ground by groups of dancers. Pantsula was born out of the townships as an expression of resistance against the Apartheid government, and has continued as a voice of the people to speak out against a variety of social ills that plague communities. The cool style of pantsula has also grown because of just that – it’s super cool and incredible to watch, which is where the movie, Hear Me Move, comes in! South Africa’s first sbujwa dance movie tells the story of Muzi, the son of an amazing pantsula dancer, who goes on a journey to learn the truth about his father’s death, and come to terms with his own identity. Subjwa, the next generation of pantsula, takes incredible skill and is just as amazing to watch – and if you don’t believe us, watch the trailer for this exciting SA movie which is being released later this month. Watch this space -it won’t be long before we see subjwa dance moves on ‘So You Think You Can Dance?‘!
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