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Title:Damba Festival, venue Bamvim
Publisher:Nawas Video Productions
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:religious festivals
Dagomba polity
documentary films (form)
videos (form)
Abstract:This documentary was commissioned by the chief of Bamvin, near Tamale in northern Ghana, to document the Damba festival. The festival takes place in the Dagomba lunar month of Damba, corresponding to the third month of the Islamic calendar, Rabia al-Awwal. Damba is celebrated to mark the birth and naming of Muhammad, but the actual content of the celebration is a glorification of the Dagomba chieftaincy, with no specific Islamic motifs. The film shows the celebrations, containing drumming music and dance, without any commentary. [ASC Leiden abstract]