Dikopelo involves vocal singing and dancing in a patterned choreography without musical instruments. Dikopelo is in need of urgent safeguarding, primarily as a result of migration away from farmlands to villages, as well as modern entertainment practices, which threaten its viability. The community and the practitioners are nonetheless committed to safeguarding the element, as illustrated by efforts to compete with groups from other districts and to revive Dikopelo as a strategy to protect young people from social ills.
Series: 2017 inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Production: Bakgatla ba Kgafela, Botswana, producer.
Rights/Droits: S. O. Rampete, Bakgatla ba Kgafela, Botswana
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