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Asanteman Kuo - Ghanaian Durbar Ceremony [Live at Smithsonian Folklife Festival 1997]
On July 5, 1997, Asanteman Kuo, a Ghanaian immigrant organization in the Washington, D.C., region, held a durbar (inaugural celebration) to install and honor their newly elected leaders. This reenactment of traditional ceremonies is an example of how communities of African immigrants adapt traditions to life in the USA. Listen to 'Traditional Drumming and Dances of Ghana,' available on CD and digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Spotify: As conveyed in Traditional Drumming and Dances of Ghana, drum rhythms communicate important messages on all occasions: about unity, bravery in war, honoring ancestors and chiefs, and initiation into adulthood, among others. Scholar and music editor John Tanson recorded music of six Ghanaian tribes in the 1970s, and the resulting album shows the significance of drumming and dance, especially as demonstrated in the track “Talking Drums.” Track notes are accompanied by pictures of some of the dances and ceremonies. Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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