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Dance In Ghana - By F. Nii-Yarteypdf print preview send to friend
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The story is told of how the people walked backwards under the cover of darkness through the gates of Ngotsie in order that their escape would not be detected. The escapees left behind mass footprints in the sand deceptively pointing. The citizens performed special music and dance in the evenings and 'secretly' poured water on targeted sections of the mud walls during such performances to render them soft enough to break at the opportune time. The people danced the Misago backwards through the bushes as they escaped in three groups in three different directions. These groups known today as the Anlo, Tongu and Vedome, celebrate this historical event in their annual festivals, Hogbetsotso, Asafotu, and Danyiba respectively, with dance, music in spectacular fashion. In later years, influence of the French, and to a lesser degree, the Germans however, affected the culture of the Ewe people during the Colonial period. The main occupation of the Anglo Ewe of the South is both sea and lagoon fishing, trading, growing of onions, okro and cassava.
 
The Dance
The Agbekor is one of the most important dances of the Anglo Ewe documenting the trek and other experiences of the people. A series of upper torso contractions and releases, with an alternating arm thrust characterize the principal movement action of the dance. The dancers perform slight scooping movement downwards in a circular motion; and pull back towards the upper torso. Another characteristic feature of Agbekor is the variety of arm and leg movements, stance and war motives gathered from the long trek the Ewe people had to make in search of peaceful place to settle after they left Notsie. Additionally, during the Second World War, when many West African men, including the Ewe, were recruited into the British, French and German Armies, significant movement of ideas was generated through the military drills that formed part of the training of the recruits, supervised by the these Western countries. The Ewe incorporated some of the movement provisions into the original Agbekor dance in their own unique way. Choreographically Agbekor is a team dance. The dancers stand in columns of three or more and perform the same dance movements as directed by the lead drummer.
 
 The Agbekor is essentially a dance of re enactment of battles in celebration of victory. In the course of the dance, the performers show defiance to the enemy - they advance and retreat, issue threats, engage in sword battle; capture the enemies and so on. Usually a chorus leader helps to warm up the performance through the singing of selected songs before the drummers begin to play. The leader holding a horse-tail as a mark of his or her office, brings out a song as he or she moves around and encourages the team. The drum orchestra consists of a lead drum Atsimevu, a tenor drum called Sogo and two smaller supporting drums Kidi and Kagan respectively. A double bell, Gakogui and Axatse, rattles complete the orchestra.
 
                                  The Kpanlogo Dance of the Ga-Dangme people
Kpanlogo DanceThe Kpanlogo dance is the most recent dance form of the Ga-Dangme people. The Ga-Dangme claims their origins in Israel in the Middle East, from where they migrated in different groups through Egypt along the river Nile and through Benin in Nigeria. They finally settled in various places, including the grassy and water starved coast of present day Accra; and satellite agricultural colonies north of the areas close to the Akwapim Mountains in the 1600s.   (4) The Dangme made up of the Ada, Krobo and Shai people also settled along the coast and forest areas respectively. The coastal settlers naturally took to fishing in the many lagoons, which dotted their domain, and later turned to sea fishing. The forest Ga indulged in farming of cash crops such as okro, pepper, tomatoes, cassava and the like. Each Ga forest settlement corresponds with the seven main Ga coastal settlements – Accra, Osu, La, Teshie, Nungua, Tema and Kpone.
 
Wulomei or Priests ruled the original Ga. Some of the most important and revered traditional dances of the people which have survived today include Kple, Kpa, Otufo, and Me. However, dances of other ethnic groups, including those from other countries became popular. The Ga themselves went out of their way to purchase and borrow other dance forms to enhance their artistic and religious lives.
 
The Dance

In Ga coastal areas, Tuesdays are spiritual holidays set aside to honour the god of the sea, Nai. It is a taboo therefore, for coastal Ga to go sea fishing on this day. It is on this day that the people come together to enjoy moments of leisure and to socialize. Music and dance play an important role in such activities. It is on such opportune occasions that the youth also find future partners. Kpanlogo, a youth social dance, came out of such activities. The youth of Bukom in the heart of Accra, led by a young man popularly known as Otoo Lincoln, created and nurtured Kpanlogo.

 
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