When celebrating birthdays, accomplishments, weddings, and the like, the Ga tribe of Ghana perform the kpanlogo dance, which is why it is no surprise that “kpanlogo” simply means “enjoyment.”
These days, the traditional kpanlogo dance may not be performed throughout an entire song. Still, at some point, someone will start the dance, putting their own spin on the execution of it. And if someone performs kpanlogo exceptionally well, others will surround the skilled dancer and fan their handkerchiefs while verbally encouraging the dancer.
In truth, it is not unusual at these celebratory functions to see two females or a group of women dancing together: the sense of community is exhibited in these actions with no underlying connotation. In fact, men, women and children customarily dance together.
In today’s African music and dancing, there is a mixture of traditional and modern African sounds. Overall, African dance is a compilation of isolations of the body, from the head all the way down to the feet, which is why it’s such an amazing workout and “happy dance”!
This is one of the many dances my mother, Kukuwa Kyereboah-Nuamah, and I teach and incorporate in to the Kukuwa African Dance Workout, the ultimate African dance workout allowing you to travel Africa without your passport!
Watch me perform the kpanlogo dance below!
Watch Ghanaians perform kpanlogo in Accra below: