PERREAULT Magazine NOV | DEC 2016 - Page 64

The Samburu people have traditionally not used any instruments to accompany their singing and dancing. The central musical motif of Samburu dances is a deep resounding male vocal, a rhythmic chanting not unlike the territorial call of a lion.

Warriors dance with a series of spectacular vertical leaps, encouraged by the cries of other warriors. Men and women do not dance in the same circles, but they do coordinate their dances.

Likewise for village meetings, men will sit in an inner circle to discuss important matters and make decisions. Meanwhile, the women sit around the outside and interject with their opinions.