Mapouka: 5 popular black dances with sexual connotations

Mapouka: 5 popular black dances with sexual connotations

In the traditional African community, dancing is one of the ingrained ways of celebrating an occasion. Be it the birth of a newborn or the death of a member of the community, song and dance will always grace the occasion. The fascinating thing is that the two go hand in hand. Another thing that makes dance interesting is that the traditional styles have greatly influenced modern moves. Mapouka, for instance, is a move that dates back to the '80s and is in most cases associated with a particular region. How about going through some of the other sexual dance moves?

Africa is one of the continents that boasts of being culturally rich. Some of the traditional practices like dancing have stuck with the Africans for the longest time. Because of the significance that they have, African culture has also influenced other cultures. Song and dance, for instance, is one of the traditional practices that have deeply rooted in most people.

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Some of the moves that most people enjoy trace their roots back in the continent. Some of these moves have been associated with sexual connotations. Mapouka dance, for instance, is a style that is believed to have some sexual movements. Interestingly, there are other moves that are insinuated for the same. A little insight into the dance styles will go a long way.

Black dances with sexual connotations

Most people insinuate that there is a relationship between dancing and attraction. This statement could be true, depending on the type of move that is being referred to. For instance, there are some styles that could have some sexual connotations and cause one to be attracted to the person pulling the moves. These are some of the styles that could create such a scenario:

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1. Mapouka

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For westerners looking at an African who pulls this style, they will be convinced that it is twerking because the moves are nearly the same. However, most Africans refer to this move as 'twerk before there was twerking'.

Mapuka dance traces its origin in the South-Eastern region of Côte d'Ivoire back in the 80s. The dance is performed mostly by women and in most cases, in ceremonies. It involves shaking the butt area of the body vigorously from side to side in motions mimicking sexual intercourse. There is a more advanced version of Mapouka. It involves the dancer spreading their legs apart and placing their hands slightly above the hipbone or the waist and shaking the butt area while going down towards the ground.

Since the dance seems to depict sexual moves, in 1998, the government of Côte d'Ivoire chose to ban it from being pulled in public. That, however, made Mapouka dance more popular in other regions and it found a home in countries like the USA. As of date, the dance is still being pulled in most countries outside Africa.

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2. Assiko

Assiko is another dance move that traces its roots back in Africa. It originates from Cameroon and is a move that is pulled by the people from the Bassa community. Its history dates back to 1920. It has become popular in most of the West African countries.

Assiko dance involves pronounced and vigorous hip movements accompanied by quick feet ones. In most cases, the dance is accompanied by music that incorporates several musical instruments like drums and metallic instruments like forks and knives. The musical instruments dictate how fast one should be at pulling the moves. The most interesting thing about it is that it is performed by both men and women. The dancers dress in white T-shirts and colourful skirts. The skirts are wrapped around the waist area and play a significant part in enhancing the movements of the hips.

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3. Ndombolo

Ndombolo is another move that has its roots in Africa. Ndombolo originated from Congo even though it is prevalent in Kenya and Madagascar. Most people refer to it as the fast version of Soukous which is a move that is pulled in most Rhumba songs. In most cases, it is associated with the Kwasa Kwasa and Congolese music from renown artists like Awilo Longomba, Kofi Olomide and Extra Musica, to mention a few.

Ndombolo involves a dancer swinging the hips in a fast circular motion that also tends to mimic sexual moves. While pulling the style, the dancer has to ensure that the legs are slightly inclined to the front.

Like Mapouka dance, this move has been banned in some countries like Congo because of claims of it being indecent. There have also been attempts to ban it in countries like Mali and Kenya.

4. Daggering

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Unlike most of the aforementioned moves, daggering is not a traditional style. The dance originates from Jamaica, and its birth was greatly influenced by the wave of dancehall music that took the world by a storm in 2006. It is referred to a style that incorporates dry sex, one thing that makes it so apparent that it has sexual connotations. It also involves other ways of frantic movements as well as what looks like wrestling.

Daggering is a vigorous kind of dance that is pulled by both men and women. In some cases, it involves a man dancing behind a lady that is bending and is vigorously shaking her waist area.

Being the sexually provocative move that it is, the government of Jamaica banned all videos with the dance move. Nearly at the same time, the medics in the country have also sounded a warning on the risks that the dance poses. The doctors reported that there has been a rise in the number of patients with broken penises.

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5. Twerking

Twerking is another style that is not traditional, although there are claims that it is the modern-day Mapouka. It is a sexy dance that involves a dancer squatting and thrusting the hips and the butt. The move is not as vigorous as jaggering.

Twerking became popular in 2013 when Miley Cyrus pulled the moves on the stage during the MTV VMA Music Awards. She was dancing with Robin Thickie. Influenced by Miley's performance, several African celebrities tried it out. The most popular group that was popular for twerking in Africa was the South African Pro Twerkers. The group took Africa by a storm when the well-endowed ladies pulled the dance in most concerts.

Apart from Mapouka, there are several dance styles that bring out the sexual aspect of one's personality. You could practise pulling the moves if you are into dancing. Not only do they speak the message, but also, they are an exciting way of exercising.

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