Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Flesh Eating Night Dancers

"Night Dancers" depicts a contemporary belief in Uganda in abesezzi or night dancers. These are humans who become zombies after dark. They are said to strip themselves naked and dance feverishly in the slums or at the edges of the villages, their mouths filled with fire. They feast on the flesh of the recently buried dead. In Tabu-Flo's interpretation, two night dancers are confronted by the community after they eat a corpse. A struggle ensues and the night dancers are vanquished...

-"Hip-hop in Uganda: The Dance in the Night-Time," from The Economist.