Nama Reel, Bitterfontein.

Nama Reel, Bitterfontein.

Bitterfontein, The West Coast, South Africa. 4 September 2012. Canon EOS 7D. "Welcome to the Nama Riel dance, which is undergoing a massive revival in the Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces. It’s a dance-descendant of the old Khoi and San fireside rituals and it became the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ of gypsy sheep shearers and farm workers across the Kalahari and Great Karoo over many generations. Nowadays, many schools in the Western Cape offer Riel dancing training to their pupils. And there are festivals all over the provinces where they can strut their stuff and compete against Riel dancers from other areas.‘As soon as I hear that guitar, I have to dance,’ she says. ‘The Nama Riel dance is all about a man courting a girl. And remember: a good Riel dance kicks up a lot of dust...'"

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