“Eskista” competition between Netsanet and Yebeteseb Chewata guest

In Africa, dancing plays a significant role in both culture and personal expression. It plays a significant role in weddings and festive occasions. The food and dance make up the majority of gatherings. Most African dances feature motions of the lower body or the entire body. Over 80 different ethnic groups live in Ethiopia alone, many of which have their own distinctive dance and musical styles. Eskista is one of these particular dances that is prevalent in Ethiopia. The Amhara area of Ethiopia is home to the traditional dance known as eskista, which is typically performed by both men and women in a group. Rolling the shoulder blades, bouncing the shoulders, and jilting the chest are all part of the dance. Usually, it is played to traditional Ethiopian music, which is created using the krar, flute, drums, and masinqo, among other traditional instruments. Eskista is a common appearance at weddings, holiday festivities, and other gatherings, as are all African dances. The best dancer frequently receives a financial prize. The dancer’s head is covered in money. According to a well-known Ethiopian myth, this dance was created by observing a snake’s movements and then mimicking them. It seems that Ethiopians very keenly noticed that a snake always moved its neck region in a particular way while dancing to the beat of music. This snake’s neck movement was later used as a model to construct the dance that would later come to be known as “Eskita,” which translates to “dancing shoulders.”

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