This clip is from a performance of "Adzogbo for Drum Set." This is a drumset adaptation of Adzogbo which was created by the Fo people of Benin, formerly known as Dahomey. Originally it was a cult dance associated with a war god. The cessation of tribal warfare in West Africa - around the late 19th century - brought on the transformation of Adzogbo. At this time it became used by men as a means of displaying their prowess in dancing. Presently it has become fashionable for women to dance Adzogbo as well. Adzogbo has retained its war like characteristics throughout its transformation. Many of the dance movements represent scenes from the battle field.

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