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Afro-Colombian Hair Dressing Competition, Vibrant Styles Poignant History

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Afro Colombian Hair Competition photo

Afro-Colombians preserving their African culture

AFRICANGLOBE – Few hairdressing contests anywhere in the world could be as colourful as this one in Colombia.

Women and girls of all ages sat patiently as brightly coloured fabrics and beads were weaved into their hair during the ninth Afro-hairdressers’ competition in Cali.

The vibrant styles have a poignant history because they originate from the time of slavery, when Afro-Colombian women sat to comb their children’s hair after a day of backbreaking work.

enslaved Africans were first imported into Colombia by the Spaniards in the 16th century as labour for their burgeoning empire.

The enslaved Africans were forced to work in dangerous conditions in places such as gold mines, sugar cane plantations and on cattle ranches.

Afro-Colombians continued to face discrimination even after the abolition of slavery in the country in 1851.

Communities of former slaves were forced to live in jungle areas to protect themselves, while the Colombian state also promoted the “whitening”of the African population in order to rid them of their distinctive African heritage.

In a bid to cling on to their customs and traditions, large groups of Afro-Colombians went deep into jungle areas of Colombia – where many still live.

Afro Colombain Hair Pageant photo

Beautiful Afro-Colombian girls

The ethnic group makes up about a fifth of Colombia’s population, with a large proportion living in states on the country’s Caribbean and Pacific coasts.

Afro-Colombians have played a key role in influencing Colombian music and popular culture.

Musical genres like Cumbia have African origins while several Afro-Colombians have won fame and fortune playing for the country’s national football team.

One of the most famous Afro-Colombian footballers, Faustino Asprilla, played for Newcastle United in England and Parma in Italy.

 

 

Afro-Colombian Hair Dressing Competition

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

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  It's amazing how our African style has survived through the years around the world.  Before the invasion of the Arabs when black women were forced to cover their heads with cloth headgear.....the hairstyles in this articles were part of tribual identity for many villages in Africa-in term of how you can tell what group an African was from based on the headwear of the females.  You also see an array of this type of style in Egyptian wall paintings.  It feels good to know that the invaders both Arab and European were not able to destroy EVERYTHING that is exclusively African.  Thank God.  Hal. lay. lu. yer!  But! 

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