AFROBEAT MAGAZINE 


I interviewed Ivan “Larson" Ndengue,
a Swiss professional dancer and
choreographer who comes from Cameroon.

WHAT


Ivan practices African and contemporary dances, hip-hop and house. I decided to interprete his vision of Afrobeat in Geneva through a graphic design magazine.

French Magazine, translated in English.


Meet Ivan.






Dance=
50% mindset,
50% body.






Afrobeat is a musical genre that is a mixture of traditional Nigerian music, jazz, highlife, funk, and vocals.




“HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE AFROBEAT DANCE IN GENEVA?”



Ivan: “It is consumed like fast food. The culture is unknown. Afro-beat is seen as "fun", "friendly" music. It’s not really taken seriously. We only like in certain places at certain times. Most people don’t even question its roots, its history.”


“It’s not
really taken
seriously.”



CULTURE



Accompanied by percussion and vocal styles, popularised in Africa in the 1970s. The origins of Afrobeat date back to the early 1920s in Ghana.

Afrobeat is a rhythmically repetitive music based on few chords played in a loop by guitars and keyboards, with powerful and melodic brass riffs.




”HOW WOULD A LIFE WITHOUT DANCE FEEL LIKE?”



Ivan: Very sad. I would mix. To see people dance.




“A FINAL WORD?”
Humanistic notion from Southern Africa
translated as "I am what I am because of what we all are".


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