Western Nigeria- Bata Dance


The Bata Dance is prominent in the western region of Nigeria, home of the Yoruba Tribe. Associated with Sango – God of Thunder – the Bata Dancers dance to the beat of the Bata drum. Traditional Bata Dancers worshiped Sango, and in some cases would perform some magical display. Today there are professional Bata dancers who are experts in the specific rhythms, techniques, and steps of Bata dancing Sometimes an entire family will get involved, and they are called a Bata Family.


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