Welcome to Touch of Africa!

SPECIALIZING IN HANDMADE ITEMS.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO TOUCH YOUR SOUL.

JEWELLERY, PURSES, LOOSE FITTING 100% COTTON CLOTHING, ACCESSORIES AND AROMAS OF INCENSE AND PERFUME OILS FOR ANY TASTE – AND MUCH MORE. 

Touch of Africa is an award-winning presenter at the PNE and BC Home Show.

For those seeking a touch of exotic untamed cultures of Africa, we offer a variety of items to tempt your pallet: masks, pictures, wall hangings and batiks to decorate your walls and African teak, mahogany and ebony furnishings to add spice to your home. Statues and ceremonial carvings are available to peek from your corners.

We have musicals instruments and music to touch your soul. African fashion for comfort and to show the beauty in you along with jewelry, purses and accessories to accent the exotic in you. Aromas of incense and perfume oils for all tastes, African Shea Butter and Black Soap to heal your body. Learn the meaning behind the works of art you obtain. Come journey with us through the history of Africa. We welcome you.

Omar Thiam and Touch Of Africa were showcased at the SFU Gallery From February through May, 2009 – celebrating Black History Month in British Columbia from 1858 to 2009, featuring prominent people and businesses that have made an impact in British Columbia and helped preserve African Heritage.

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Trade With a Touch of African Fairness

Touch of Africa believes in fair trade. People around the world have the right to an honest living that brings dignity and joy to their lives. Touch of Africa creates healty business relationships with talented Africans by promoting fair trade.

Through “fair trade” principles, Touch of Africa returns the respect, dignity, hope and fair value to the people we partner with – in return for the hard work hard they have created for your benefit.

 

SHIPPING INFORMATION

$19.95 BY CANADA POST FOR ORDERS UNDER $100.00.

ORDERS FOR $100.00 OR MORE SHIP FOR FREE EXECPT AS NOTED BELOW

UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED SHIPPING AND HANDLING CHARGES APPLY TO All ORDERS.

ADDITIONAL CHARGES WILL BE APPLIED FOR HEAVY OR LARGE ITEMS SUCH AS FURNITURE.

LOCAL CUSTOMERS WHO WISH TO PICK UP THEIR ORDERS, OR CUSTOMERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO ARRANGE THEIR OWN SHIPPING – PLEASE CONTACT US BY PHONE OR EMAIL.

We offer worldwide shipping by UPSFedx, or Canada Post.
Our default shipping is by Canada Post.

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NEWS & ARTICLES

Recent Articles

African Belly Dance.
The term "belly dance" is a translation of the French term "danse du ventre", which was applied to the dance in the Victorian era, and probably originally referred to the Arabic tribe Ouled Nail dancers of Algeria, whose dance used more abdominal movements than the dances described today as "belly dance". It is something of a misnomer, as every part of the body is involved in the dance; the most featured body part is usually the hips.
In Arabic, the dance is known as "Raqs Sharqi" ("Eastern Dance") or "Raqs Beledi" ("Country Dance" or "Folk Dance").
Belly dance is primarily a torso-driven dance, with an emphasis on articulations of the hips. Unlike many Western dance forms, the focus of the dance is on relaxed, natural isolations of the torso muscles, rather than on movements of the limbs through space. Although some of these isolations appear superficially similar to the isolations used in jazz ballet, they are sometimes driven differently and have a different feeling or emphasis.
In common with most folk dances, there is no universally codified naming scheme for belly dance movements. Some dancers and dance schools have developed their own naming schemes, but none of these is universally recognized.
Cairo, Egypt is the center of all Middle Eastern art. Working in Cairo are some of the most famous belly dancers, many well known and popular seamstresses for belly dance costumes, and talented musicians. Historically, public dance performers in Egypt were known as Ghawazi, whilst entertainers who performed in private settings were known as Awalim. The Maazin sisters may be the last authentic performers of Ghawazi dance in Egypt. Khayreyya Maazin was the last of these dancers still teaching and performing.
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Performing a taqsim and drum solo at the Theatre Belly Dance Festival in Cape Town July 2012

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