GUADELOUPE - LOCAL DANCE
Gwo ka (Big drum) is both a family of hand drums and the music created with them, which is a major part of Guadeloupean folk music. There are seven rhythms in gwo ka, which are embellished by the drummers. Different sizes of drums establish the foundation and its flourishes, with the largest, the boula, playing the central rhythm and the smaller, markeur (or maké) drums embellishes upon it and interplays with the dancers, audience or singer.
Gwo ka is also played at Carnival and other celebrations.
A modernized and popularized form of gwo ka is well-known on the islands; it is known as gwo ka moderne.
GWO KA RHYTHMS
The influences (lifesyle and musical genre) of the "master" fusioned with this base to create the seven rhythms or dances: the Lewoz, the Mindé, the Kaladja, the Grage, the Roulé, the Granjanbel and the Toumblak.
The Lewoz is the war rhythm, used to give rhythm the attacks against the plantations, but was also an incantatory dance.
The Kaladja symbolises the struggle in love.
The Pagenbel is the cane cutting dance.
The Toumblak, like the Kaladja, deals with the love theme, belly dance, fertility dance.
The Grage accompanies the agricultural work.
The Roulé is the "creole waltz", to charm and mimic the whites.
The Mindé would have been the last rhythm to arrive in the islands with the "Congos" under contract after the abolition. It symbolises the carnival, collective celebration.
"Children, followers of folk art"
Romanian students dancing Calusarii in Czech Republic, in Liptal Festival.
Vocal Group singing Romanian Folk songs
THE GREEK TEAM DANCING AND SINGING
Τhe children dance traditional dances during the folk festival that organized in Chrisochori every September.