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Africa’s First Afrobeat Dance Movie, “TDMP” exposes Nigeria’s dance culture to the western world and beyond

African dance and music have certainly evolved over the years. The traditional African dance is gradually making way for more modern dance moves. In Africa, the African dance transformation seems to be happening among Nigerians;

African dance and music have certainly evolved over the years. The traditional African dance is gradually making way for more modern dance moves. In Africa, the African dance transformation seems to be happening among Nigerians; and now, Nigeria’s film industry is making history with the release of its first ever dance film, “TDMP: The Dance Movie Project,” The film, shot on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria delivers an electrifying movie going experience for dance fans around the world.

 

“TDMP: The Dance Movie Project,” showcases homegrown dance styles known as Afrobeat, and hip-hop, centering on two brothers who despite the disapproval of their single mother, continue to chase their passion for dance in Lagos, Nigeria. The lives of the brothers take an unexpected turn for the worst, when their ailing mother is diagnosed with diabetes. As the brothers scramble to find options to save her life, the largest national dance competition in Nigeria’s history is announced with a lucrative prize pool. The brothers alongside their dance crew decide to embark on a journey to compete in the national dance championship.

 

The film’s ensemble cast includes celebrities and a host of well-loved Nigerians such as R&B Star Banky W, TV Personality Denrele Edun, Radio Personality Tolu Oniru ( popularly known as Toolz), Former Britain’s Got Talent stars Ezinne Asinugo and Soliat of CEO dancers, Celebrity Actress Liz Anjorin, Celebrity Choreographer Donflexx, Afropop Star Joelschild and many more. It’s written and producer by Alexander “Lexx” Ore, directed by Idahosa Osagie of James Mavrik Films.

 

The TDMP narrative also showcases the challenges faced by a new generation of public health diseases that are not viral but chronic in nature. The film provides viewers with the opportunity to learn more about the prevalence of diabetes, a disease that affects more Africans than HIV/AIDS. TDMP is a unique opportunity for dance fans, lovers of everything Africa, and diabetes awareness supporters around the globe, to band together and partake in a motion picture that expresses why the arts and diabetes prevention is so important to so many of us.

 

Tamara Sepper, Producer of “Charlie Rose” on PBS describes the film as an illuminating look at Afrobeat dance and diabetes in Africa. Lilian Ajayi, Professor, New York University’s School of Professional Studies also had this to say, “Incorporating the dance music project as a case study in our Global Marketing curriculum at NYU SPS was an incredible learning experience for our graduate students, the very first of its kind for the university.”

 

TDMP will premiere on Saturday, July 23 at 5 p.m. EST at New York’s prestigious Helen Mills Theater, located at 137 West 27 Street, Chelsea.

 

For more insight on the film visit http://tdmpthemovie.com.

While we wait to find out, here’s its trailer:

 

Debo Folorunsho

Debo Folorunsho serves as CEO of Applause Africa Communications and Executive Producer of the African Diaspora Awards. He has worked in Visual Design at Music Creative Group, Warner Music Communications and Design Group, and Permission Data.

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