27. Omari Saidi, Uta Dance Leader

Publication Year:
1995
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Repository URL:
https://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/sea/22
Author(s):
Rebecca Gearhart Mafazy
Tags:
Swahili Dance; Religious Life and Customs; Maulidi; Lamu; Kenya; Africa; 20th century
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Although Omari Saidi never learned to climb coconut trees himself, his father worked as a coconut tapper and led a group of dancers who regularly performed uta, a dance that includes prayers for rain. Omari inherited his father's position and continues to organize the annual uta performance on the grounds of the Riyadha Mosque during the Maulidi celebration.