Zauli Music and Dance Inscribed in 2017 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Zauli dancer with mask from the Maminigui village – Photo by Ala Konin, 2015 – Office Ivoirien du patrimoine culturel (OIPC)

In a December 16, 2017 press release UNESCO announced that Zauli (Zaouli in French) music and dance is inscribed in 2017 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Zauli is a traditional music and dance practiced by the Guro communities of the Buafle and Zuenula departments of Ivory Coast. A tribute to feminine splendor, Zauli is inspired by two masks: the Blou and the Djela. In a single event, the participants bring together sculpture (the mask), weaving (the costume), music (the band and song) and dance.

Zauli musicians of Zabrisséhifla – Photo by Ala Konin, 2015 – Office Ivoirien du patrimoine culturel (OIPC)

Author: World Music Central News Department

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