In Africa Dances Geoffrey Gorer takes the reader on an odyssey across West Africa, in the company of one of the great Black ballet stars of 1930s Paris.
It depicts the devastating effects of colonial rule, which damaged African society just as effectively as Christian missionaries undermine indigenous morality.
Africa Dances captures the rich physical and psychological detail of African village life – from food and architecture to dance and magic. Gorer witnesses men diving for three-quarters of an hour without coming up for breath, witch-doctors conjuring thunderstorms out of clear blue skies, and chameleon fetishists whose skin changes from a dirty white to almost black. This is a place where if you believe, you can.
Two Men in a Pontiac
Anyone who has given the British Museum’s Sainsbury Gallery of African Art anything more than a very brief visit (in and out to gawk at the Benin bronzes) will surely have admired the extent to...Read more