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06/09/2007Page 1 of 1
 
CULTURAL NEWS
Thursday, September 6 – 12, 2007
 
 
Trinity Dance Theatre
 
By:  Nii Laryea Korley
 

IT was the climax of Fetu Afahye last Saturday and the Omanhene of the Oguaa Traditional Area swayed regally in his palanquin to the percussive rhythms and chants from the group of young drummers and dancers leading his retinue to Victoria Park for the final durbar.

Osabarima Kwesi Atta 11’s specific request for member of the Trinity Dance Theatre (TDT) to precede him is out of admiration for the group that has been a fixture of the social and cultural life of Cape Coast since its formation five years ago.

Over the period, the group which started with eight members but has now enlarged to 42 has performed its traditional and contemporary dance, music and drama pieces at nearly every important function in Cape Coast and the Central Region.

Events have been graced by the rousing drumming; fascinating dances and delectable singing of the TAT include Pan-African Historical Theatre Festival (Panafest) activities, University of Cape Coast Halls Week celebrations, Centre for National Culture (CNC) programmes, church events, Independence Day observation and Edina Bakatue ceremonies.

The group’s fan base has spread beyond the Central Region and it has honoured engagements in Accra, Kumasi, Ada, Sefwi Bekwi and other locations across the country.

The force behind the TDT is its founder and leader Blesslord Ewuraba Abraham, an officer with the Ghana National Fire Service and a keen music lover. She was a side drummer in the Fire Service Central Band for five years when she was based in Accra. Now based in Cape Coast where she was born and grew up, Ewuraba says her aim is to raise a first-rate, disciplined group capable of catering for all occasions.

Ages of most TDT members range between 8 and 20. According to Ewuraba, the group is making headway because parents have been supportive and she is a stickler for discipline and decent behaviour. It has been her charge to provide proper guidance for the youngsters in the group at all times.

Parents were initially not keen on allowing their children to join the group due to certain negative attitudes they had seen displayed by youngsters in the dance ensembles in the past. More importantly, parents were worried about their children being exposed to occultic practices in the name of learning about culture. To Ewuraba, she won the confidence of the parents when she assured them of personally ensuring a sound moral direction and uprightness in the group.

“I’m firm but fair so we are all like one big family. There’s transparency and I act quickly if I sense any corrupting influence. Money is not the priority for forming the group. We would have broken up if the focus is on money. I love children and I want the best for them and the group”.

Ewuraba grew up in Cape Coast in the 1970s when dynamic cultural groups like the Wasamba and Oguaa Koto were the hot cakes in the municipality. After a lull, there appears to be some re-awakening and the Cape Coast-based Twerampong group was adjudged the best traditional ensemble at the last Ghana Music Awards. Also active on the Cape Coast scene now are groups like Nyame Beye, African Footprint, Nyame Tiase, Asante Dance Theatre, Harmony and Gye Nyame.

The TDT is trying to reach a wider audience now by incorporating a gospel and brass bands. Some of the equipments for the bands have been already acquired. Ewuraba says there is so much talent in the TDT that “it would be a shame not to help groom them to their fullest potential”.

 
 
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