Culture March 01, 2018 at 11:25 am

5 African traditional ceremonial dance styles explained

Bridget Boakye | Contributor

Bridget Boakye March 01, 2018 at 11:25 am

March 01, 2018 at 11:25 am | Culture

Kpanlogo of the Ga people of Ghana 

Roving Sounds beautifully explains the history and significance of the Kplanlogo dance:

The Kpanlogo dance originated in the south of Ghana in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, amongst the Ga people of Accra and the surrounding area.

Some dance moves of the Kpanlogo represent the pulling in of fishing nets, the traditional occupation of the Ga people. Other movements appear sexually charged and… well, a little bit raunchy, and for this reason it became and unofficial youth courtship dance, with dancers of the opposite sex flirtatiously performing it with each other. Worried about the suggestiveness of the dance, the Arts Council of Ghana banned Kpanlogo in 1964, however the dance was later redeemed through a demonstration to the council.

The Kpanlogo dance remains an important part of urban culture in Ghana, and it is performed at both informal and formal events throughout the year, where it can be seen danced in pairs on in groups

 

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