Traditional Ghanaian Dances
This dance is typically performed by the people of Northern Ghana. This dance may be referred to as a “rain dance” as it is was originally performed in times of great drought. Originally the Bamaya was only performed by women but in modern times it is performed by men in women’s attire.
The Adowa dance originated from the movements made by the antelope (adowa ) hence the name given to it . Legend has it that there was once an Ashanti queen mother by name Aberewa Tutuwa, Tutuwa fell ill and when the oracle was consulted demandad a live antelope. the Asafo (warrior ) promptly detailed to get the live antelope . On their returned home withthe antelope , the people saw to their amazement , the antelope jumping and making some strong movement and when the queen was recovered, the people imitating the dance of the antelope in jubilation , then started the adowa dance . It’s a very grateful dance for both sexes and the mood depends on the occasion.
This dance is performed by young women who are going through the process of Puberty Rights. Traditionally it was performed by a particular group of Ghanaians known as the Krobo. This dance focuses heavily on the use of hands and feet as well as dance steps to rhythm. Young girls are put through this dance usually during their menstrual period. This is because they will be wearing white dresses and the first girl who shows blood will be married to the priest. At the conclusion of the dance potential suitors who observed the dance from the side will approach the young woman and her family and ask for her hand in marriage.
A religious dance from Greater Accra, this dance is performed by priestesses at shrines during the Homowo festival in late August & early September. This dance is used to communicate with the gods and to bring blessings.
is a type of dance associated with popular music from Ghana, Togo and Dahomey. Agahu was created by the Egun people who come from modern day Benin. In this dance two circles are formed, men are the outside circle and remain stationary with a bent knee and arms open for the women dancing in the inner circle to dance around, sitting on the males knees until the return to their original partner
People from the central and northern parts of the Volta region within Ghana modified this dance to their own style. Originally it was called the Akpese dance and was created by the people in Kpando. The dance is common in the popular Ghanaian music genre known as Highlife. It is considered to be a social dance and is open to free expression.
This is a traditional dance of the Ewe tribe of the Volta Region.
Performed by men and women accompanied by drums, rattles and gong-gong, there are two main movements: A slow step where the arms move back and forth while extended downwards, and a fast step where the arms flap at the side with elbows extended.