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Title:The Baamaya dance suite: a tale of Dagbamba
Author:Ayettey, Ben Obido
Year:2008
Periodical:Research Review
Volume:24
Issue:2
Pages:61-74
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:dance
Dagomba
Abstract:In Dagbon, the traditional State of the people of Dagbamba in northern Ghana, the people use dance as a medium for expressing social organization, validating institutions, perpetuating values and promoting group solidarity. The Baamaya dance is one of the richest cultural dances of the Dagbamba. The dance plays a role which is vital to the development of the people. Originally, the Baamaya dance was performed as a thanksgiving ceremony to the 'Tingbana' (land gods) for having brought rain after a severe drought. Nowadays the dance is performed as a social dance at funerals, weddings, festivals and other national celebrations. The paper presents a description of the dance and the main features of its performance, such as the accompanying musical instruments, costumes and make-up, and song texts. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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