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Title:Some contributions of 'halo' music to research theory and pragmatics in Ghana
Author:Avorgbedor, Daniel K.ISNI
Periodical:Bulletin of the International Committee on Urgent Anthropological and Ethnological Research
Geographic term:Ghana
traditional music
Abstract:A type of sociomusical drama called 'halo' was popular among the Anlo-Ewe of Ghana between the 1920s and 1950s. The performance of 'halo' music was accompanied by dance, mime, poetry, songs, and the use of a variety of visual icons. 'Halo' performances were characterized by the use of sung and spoken insults and provocations. A 'halo' normally took place between two groups from different wards of a village or from different villages. The main insults expressed during a 'halo' performance were: the accusation of having taken a wife from another ward or group, derogatory remarks about the music of the other group, and personal insults. Each performance exacerbated a previous one and performances were often followed by physical confrontations and violence. In 1960 the government officially proscribed 'halo', but contemporary musical performances sometimes allude to 'halo' elements. The author outlines the importance of research on this musical tradition and explains how it can best be approached. Bibliogr., notes.