Arrivals & Departures Our Favourite Travel Moments: Ethiopia, Beyonce & Christianity

Photo of Stephen Scourfield

To see the traditional dance at the roots of Beyonce's routines, head to a cafe in the Ethopian city of Gondar...

I'm in a cafe in Gondar, Ethiopia, and the four sisters who own it, and some of the waitstaff, start to dance. This is a very particular type of dance. This is eskista.

For Ethiopia is home not only the roots of human development and early Christianity, but also the traditional dance at the roots of Beyonce's routines.

It's also called “shoulder dancing”, and for good reason. Two young women face each other, swinging their shoulders backwards and forwards, hands on hips, almost like wings, in time to the music. As the pace increases, it becomes convulsively explosive.

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