Gome dance and its relation to the Kpanlogo dance-People of Greater Accra, Ghana

Drums accompanied by exuberant clapping and singing makes this dance performed by the people of Greater Accra very entertaining.

The Kpanlogo dance is a very recreational, educational and entertaining form of art which involves more music as well as energetic movement. It came about in the 1960s among the exuberant youth of the Ga land. This dance is performed everywhere, it does not necessarily focus on occasions, meaning, it can be performed during working in the Ga community, as their main occupation is fishing. Again its main purpose is to entertain as well as release stress of a long day work.

Some energetic men performing the Kpanlogo dance during work at the seaside.

The Kpanlogo dance is said to have borrowed some of its many moves and styles from a dance called ‘Gome’, which really originated in the Ga-Adangbe community by the youth there. want to know a little about the Gome dance? , ok then follow along as I tell you something about the dance. The Gome dance is one of the dances that really seeks to entice its audience, where a young man and woman dance in a comical way to educate its audience , its education can be on sanitation,importance of education, marriage and many other things that will bring positivity and development in the society, as it also seek to let its audience know the importance and effect of practicing them.

A man and a woman performing the ‘Gome dance’.

Now, the Kpanlogo dance is often addressed as ‘sextual’, one would ask why?, its so because, of how men and women display in the act of dancing and also the songs they normally sing when performing this dance. The words in most of them are very ‘sexually related words’.Therefore this dance is normally perform by the youth. But again it really teaches its audience on the issues of life.

Some men and women performing the dance on an occasion also dressed in their traditional attire.

The dance, is performed by individuals turning their right leg and right hand to a side where they also look in that direction of the legs and hands, they then do same with the left leg and hand also looking in that left direction following their leg and hand movement, this can be done at a spot or with movement in the process, when this act goes on for a while, the women then tend to make a jump and then start bending a little and shaking the buttocks to the men in a rotating manner, the men then tend to pass over the women as they bend on the ground twisting their backs to attract the men.Now, one would be wondering ,why different attires are being used in performing this art as seen in the pictures?, Well, this dance does not really have a specific attire for performing it.An individual can wear anything comfortable to perform this dance.

Men and women performing the entertaining ‘Kpanlogo dance’

Some children singing and performing to the ‘Kpanlogo dance’ with glorious smiles on.

One’s feelings can be expressed through the powerful art of dance.

Movements and facial expressions all brings out the emotion the dancer is in, as well as dragging audience to connect, into his or her emotions. Indeed that is the power of Dance.

The recreation ‘apatampa dance’ by the Fantes of Ghana

An image of a girl in the traditional wear, with smile dancing the glorious ‘apatampa dance’, with the “Akwaaba” inscription behind her which means “welcome” in the Ghanaian twi language’.

With a brief history, on how this dance performed by the Fantes in Ghana came about, where their ancestors after moving from Edina to settle in Techiman, were always being attacked by a giant at night and surprisingly, the said giant normally attacked the men killing them in the end. But one day, a bold man confronted the giant leading into a serious fight, then , suddenly a woman came out with cloth packed in her buttocks making it protrude and with that started dancing towards the giant and pushing the giant with her protruding buttocks and finally catching the giant’s attention the other women came out and started shouting “Apata Ampa” in the Fanti language, which means “You have truly separated the fight”.From then came about the dance which involves tapping and clapping.

Some of the great Fante ancestors seen in the above picture.

Now, this great and recreational dance is normally performed during durbars, festivals, funerals and puberty by the people of Cape Coast and Elimina.The dance is performed by both the young and old and it is normally performed by the woman where the men play the drums.

One would want to know how this dance is performed, well, I will teach you.The dance begins with the individual making a beat by tapping both of their side thighs twice and making a clap on the third beat then hitting the chest twice, very interesting right?, as this moves is on going, there is a walking and bending process with delightful smiles on faces of the dancers.In all these glorious moment drums and music also accompany them. Again, one dress in an African cloth with additional cloths packed in the cloth tied around their waist and a scarf as called ‘duku’ in thier local dilect ,tied on their head, with beads dancing around their necks, arms, wrist, ankles and calves, which is for the women.The men wrap same African cloth around their neck which they call “colar” in their language, and sometimes around the waist with a bead on their neck too.

Some young adults performing the “apatampa dance.”

Some children performing same dance .

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The Beauty of Cultural Dances In Ghana

Ghana is one of the countries rich in resources, cultral heritage, food and tourist sites.Now, looking beyond,Ghana is rich and dynamic in their traditional dances, where it plays a vital role in their culture.

In Ghana there are various ethnic groups, where each and every group has its own way of dancing, how each move is interpreted with wonderful meanings, and historical backgrounds.These dances are performed mostly during durbars, funerals, festivals and coronation ceremonies.

Now looking at some of these Ghanaian dances, we have the ‘Adowa dance’, ‘Apatampa dance’, ‘Gome dance’, ‘Kete dance’, “Agbadze dance’, ‘Kpalongo dance’ and ‘Patsa dance’.

Here in Ghana, the biggest ethnic group is the Akan, where some of its people are the Asantes, Akyems, Fantes, Kwahus, Wassas, Akuapems and the Agons.Now,for this group the Asantes being the largest and often addressed as the “royals”, they have a common dance which is the ‘adowa dance’

The adowa dance is believed to have originated from the movements made by a sacrificial antelope,known in the Akan language as “Adowa”, and according to account this dance was first danced by the ‘Asafo warriors’ group from ancient time made of only men,now, its performed by both the male and female and also one of the famous dance that intrigue with lots of hand gestures, walking and bowings, then twisting of the body. These body movements are to communicate feelings and emotions to an audience. Happy gestures are performed during festivals, weddings while sad gestures are performed during funerals.

Hands go up in the air, with the left, going in a west direction, and the right, going in the East direction ,then, both hands comes down and create a knot on each other where in this process, one leg is dragging forward while the other is a bit at the back in a walking way, after the hands goes up in various directions for sometime, twisting of the hands come in as the leg movement still goes on with broad smiles and some facial expressions worn by dancers. Bending is also done with hands folded and placed at the abdomen, where this arts are done especially by the females as a sign of greetings to the honoured present.

In Addition, This royal dance is performed not just with any dress, but rather, traditional cloths ‘kente’, where females tie the ‘kente cloth’ on the chest level with another cloth, tied around the waist, with additional cloths, folded into two and placed in between the cloth around the waist,with beautiful beads around the neck, arms, wrists, knees and ankles, and a headwrap with a gold linen at the edge worn on their head with ‘ahenemaa’ a traditional slippers, also, with the males, their kente cloth tied around their waist with same beads around their neck and also an ‘ahenemaa’, although barefooted sometimes.All these displays how rich the ‘adowa dance’ is, as well as their culture.

In conclusion, this beautiful traditional dance and the others listed all tells how important the Ghanaian culture with its dances are , and tends to sell the country nationwide.

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