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It is all about exploring a crisis of identity, deconstructs cultural representations of a “pure” African body, particularly the Mozambican body.
“Time and Space: The Marrabenta Solos” is a music and dance performance from Mozambique that has gained a lot of popularity. Lucky for us, this show was featured at the Alliance Ethio-Française on Wednesday June 4th 2014.
History shows that since gaining independence from Portugal in 1975, Mozambique has been a land of social and political rifts which have seen an inflexible communist model gradually make way for a fragile democracy.
All this history is shown in the Marrabenta, a musical form born in the 1950s from a mix of local and European influences.
“Time and Space: The Marrabenta Solos” is a master work by choreographer Panaibra Canda, who is also the founder of Mozambique’s first contemporary dance company.
Canda researches a post-colonial body, which has assimilated the historical ideas of nationalism, modernity and socialism, but also a deep belief in the freedom of artistic expression. His solo performance is accompanied by the Marrabenta guitarist Jorge Domingos.