The Afro Fusion Bellydance started as some kind of necessity.
We can say 2 type of necessities. One type was the fact that at the time she was already living again in Mozambique, and the lack of possibility to have the kind of same clothes that people was wearing as costumes, the lack of possibility to have the same kind of accessories and jewelries, the lack of possibility to have access to the lecture classes and workshops where was possible to make sharing of music and movements, and the lack of money to buy those things or even travel to get access to those things made her adapt for the reality she was on.
The second type was the fact that she always had some kind of difficulty to absorb certain movements. For her was always about this African vibe that the dances, it doesn’t matter where they are practice, they are free. Free from specific forms, and rules (like the rules apply on ballet), free from posture obligation and mainly are dance forms very related to the spirit of the communities, villages and tribes.
So this 2 points made her somehow want to connect this types of necessities and adapt to the reality she was in. For example instead of using the traditional fabric Assuit that is from Egypt, why not use a different fabric that is use in so many other countries in Africa. This is a fabric that easily can be found in Mozambique, Congo, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and many other countries. In Mozambique is called capulana. They use on their daily days but also is a fabric that depending on finish it can be use on weeding’s, spiritual ceremonies, and etc. Other adaptation was on the music. Africa it’s a continent with 55 countries, why not use music from the continent. They are so many great artists, musicians, instrumentalists, composers and of course singers. So, she decided to use only African music as much as she could.
Last decision was about the jewelries and accessories for the dance. She start to became more simple in terms of what to use in the body so people could notice more the beauty and message on the fabric, the nuances of the movements (African one´s specially) and to not have so much weight on the body so could be easy and safe for her to jump if need, or even shake, or move the arms in such fast way. African dances are very vibrating, full of joy, energy, love, passion, and of course they are very vigorous, free, high and strong at the same time.
After a while as she started to dance the different dance forms, and Africa history, and the language between the fabric, the beads, the colors, the symbols, the power of wheeling, the power of the people, the villages, the tribes, the communities, more passion she became with the continent and of course her country. At that point she decide that it was her duty to inspire more people to know about the culture and history of Africa. So, she decide to create a portfolio of movements that could be use on Bellydancing. Movements from traditional dances in Africa that could be adapt or use as they are but fusion on Bellydance. That´s when the word Afro urges. She didn´t knew how she was going to called. Some people said listen could be Afro Tribal Fusion, or others said that could be Afro Tribal Style, but at some point it seems more faire to be Afro Fusion Bellydance. Because it’s a fusion between bellydance movements (classic and Tribal Fusion) with African (Afro) movements from traditional dances.
From that point on Afro Fusion Bellydance was official born.