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The Nzuri model, created by choreographer and dance scholar Kariamu Welsh, is a conceptualization of a Pan-African aesthetic. The axiological premise of this aesthetic is that beauty and good are not only synonymous but interchangeable. This entry reviews the basic principles of the Nzuri model.

The Nzuri model centers on seven aspects, each drawing from three concentric sources that are ontologically ordered: method, form, meaning, ethos, function, mode, and motif are the essential aspects, and spirit, rhythm, and creativity are the essential cyclical entities upon which all of the aspects converge.

The Nzuri model places spirit, rhythm, and creativity at the center of African aesthetic values, and these offer a foundation for the model’s aspects to actualize as artistic manifestation. The Nzuri model focuses ...

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