Chipo Kandake is a Dancer, Griot, Musicologist and Filmmaker who studies dance movement as it relates to social life and culture throughout the Afro- diaspora. (Bachata of Haiti, Bellydance of Nubia, Cumbia of Mexico and Second line of New Orleans) After receiving her BA at Dillard University (New Orleans, LA) in Filmmaking, Kandake continued her research abroad (Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico and Egypt) studying the landscape of dance and its connection to culture, community, and spirituality. With her people hailing from Louisiana, "in the country," Kandake grew up on Zydeco music and came into bounce and second-line later in life. Her research covers connections that root back to the Southern, United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Chipo hopes to unify Black Americans looking to connect back to the diaspora. Currently, Kandake is filming a pilot series that bridges the dance traditions of Louisiana and Central America. She teaches "Shake with Chipo" sacral chakra dance sessions and curates "Femme Funk" as an online platform and event series. On this episode of Culture & Flavor, Zella talks with Chipo Kandake about her global journey.
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