STAGING SUGGESTIONS FOR “TAKADAMU"
(Swahili - Lead the Way)
Written by Sally K. Albrecht and Jay ALthouse
|POSITIONING: Mixed Voices - Guys vs. Gals, Part I vs. Part II|
|INTRO||Reach L palm across to R w/palm down and heel pops 4X (half
note beat, top of body leans to L). Shimmer L palm in while keeping elbow
high for 2 beats, clasp front facing front on beat 1 of m4.
M5: repeat opposite.
|MEAS. 9||Jazz walk: L jazz hand moves across body to R: over and back, over and back, way up and over, then shift weight low L and R. Repeat to L with R jazz hand.|
|MEAS. 17||Reach L palm across to R w/palm down and heel pops 4X (lean
L). On forward pull L hand overhead and back to L shoulder while upper body
leans and looks R (opt. wave from stage R to L).
M21: “swing step:” both arms reach up w/palms facing each other, swing down into fists 3X (opt. step touch to R, L, and R), cross fists, arms out 90° to sides with palms facing in on beat 1 of m24.
|MEAS. 25||Repeat as before on Intro.|
|MEAS. 33||Similar to verse one, but push both palms up and over from shoulders: over and back, over and back, way up and over, shift weight low L and R. Repeat to L.|
|MEAS. 41||Put both palms on R neighbor’s shoulders, then hit own shoulders
2X (as if sharing your heavy load - lean over to stage R and back). Repeat.
M45: swing step as before, followed by long reach to R, shimmer in and clasp front.
|MEAS. 53||Touch then step 2X high to R w/L fist across (or use both
fists), repeat 2X high to L, then 2X low to R, 2X low to L, 2X high to R,
2X high to L.
M59: single walks w/single fist across to high R, high L, low R, low L.
|MEAS. 61||Repeat 2X high to R, L, low R, L. Keep the double punches
going low until you sing the word together.
M65: on together, do swing step, joining in as vocal joins in.
M71: all reach really high and low on swing steps 2X.
M73: using piano rhythm, clap front, then slap 5’s to side with neighbor (R down/L up, L down/R up, R down and grab neighbor’s L).
|VERSE 1 repeat|
|MEAS. 75||As before through m98.|
|MEAS. 99||Repeat jazz walks as before to R (opt. start on own vocal, so echo is 2 measures later) over and back, over and back, way up and over, then shift weight L and R. Repeat to L.|
|MEAS. 107||Moving on singers do long reach across to audience, then pull
head through. Step by step singers do swing step, getting higher each time.
M115: all do swing step - up, swing down, up swing down, cross and out (arms out at 90° to side with palms facing each other.)