Singing, dancing and music are very important parts of African culture. You can find singing, dancing and music at weddings, funerals, and other rites of passage in African society. African dances are largely participatory, with spectators being part of the performance.
African traditions greatly emphasize dance, for movement is regarded as a vital mode of communication in African culture.
For this purpose the dance utilizes symbolic gestures, mime, props, masks, costumes, body painting, and other visual devices. The basic movements may be simple, emphasizing the upper body, torso, or feet; or they may be complex, involving coordination of different body parts and intricate actions such as fast rotation, ripples of the body, and contraction and release, as well as variations in dynamics, levels, and use of space. The dance may be open to all, or it may be an activity in which one, two, three, or four individuals (regardless of sex) take turns in the dancing ring. Team dances also occur. The formations may be linear, circular, serpentine, or columns of two or more rows.