Gullah Geechee Reading

This is a repost of something I posted on another site on Jan 3, 2016.

Been reading about Gullah Geechee recently.
I want to complete all the goals listed here. So far part of Goal 1 has been completed with this post and previous posts made. “Public Awareness”. I still need to research more for the appreciation part.
Goal 1: Foster public awareness of and appreciation for the history of Gullah Geechee people, their contributions to the development of the United States, and their connections to the African diaspora and other international cultures.
Goal 2: Enhance the quality of life for current and future generations of Gullah Geechee people within the Corridor.
Goal 3: Protect, preserve, and restore tangible and intangible natural and cultural resources in communities and other areas that are of cultural and historical significance to Gullah Geechee people.
There’s many reasons why I want to do this. But a big one is the fact that this community is at risk of disappearing. It’s too unique and important to just disappear. I can not think of any other place in U.S that for centuries, has a strong hold on African culture, traditions, language and food.

Yemi Alade “Sugar” Response

At first glance…it very much looks like Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” with the visual effects. However the similarities end there.

Yemi Alade’s “Sugar” has so much more dancing in it. The choreo and fashion is quite “Nigerian” rather than “Barbadian” like Rihanna’s “Rude Boy”.

The music itself is more “Nigerian” than “Barbadian”. Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” had the involvement of steel drums (I believe that’s what the instrument is called) which gave “Rude Boy” a carribean feel to it. I feel like this is a song that can be used as a transition to more “turned up” songs. It has a mellowness feeling to it but it’s not too mellowed out. However, it also isn’t super energetic either.

From the beginning of this song you hear Yemi’s signature “Ho Ha”. Seriously, I’m pretty sure she says this at the beginning of every single one of her songs. I don’t get caught off guard or find it unexpected to hear “Ho Ha” at the beginning of her songs. Just like how I don’t get caught off guard when I hear those “choking” noises in Trap music or hearing the producer’s name being called at the beginning.

I am very glad it didn’t take a long time until she had this comeback. What’s really amazing about this is that Ezinne Asinugo from C.E.O Dancers is in this dancing besides Yemi Alade. The C.E.O Dancers was on the X Factor so if the name sounds familar then that’s why. The dance group was an African styled dance group.

I feel like the choreography to this was also quite well done.