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© Volta Drum Dance from Ghana, West Africa​. 2019 by Nani Agbeli.

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Atsiagbekor is among the oldest traditional dances of the Ewe-speaking people of Southern Ghana, Togo, and Benin. Originally a war dance performed upon the warriors' return to the village, it is now performed on many different social occasions.

 

Atsiagbekor songs constitute an important aspect of the heritage of Ewe oral tradition. Most of the songs contain historical references 

to their chiefs, war leaders, or migration stories, as well as incorporating themes relating to the invincibility of the Ewes against their enemies, and loyalty, bravery, death etc.

Atsiagbekor

Bawa is a harvest festival dance of the Dargarthi in north western Ghana. The seasonal performance opens with a propitiatory libation to the gods and ancestors, both in gratitude for the year's harvest and as an appeal for more abundant crops in the coming year. Young and old of both sexes participate.

Bawa

Adjogbo originally was a form of divination in the court of Kundo, a war-leader from the Fon-speaking people of Dahomey, most likely during the 1700s.  Dancers would become possessed and elders would predict the outcome of upcoming battles by interpreting their movements.  Eventually, Adzogbo lost this esoteric function and became a flamboyant genre of drumming and dancing.

Adzogbo - Leñ

Adjogbo originally was a form of divination in the court of Kundo, a war-leader from the Fon-speaking people of Dahomey, most likely during the 1700s.  Dancers would become possessed and elders would predict the outcome of upcoming battles by interpreting their movements.  Eventually, Adzogbo lost this esoteric function and became a flamboyant genre of drumming and dancing.

Adzogbo - Todzo

The story of Volta Drum Dance begins with our artistic director, Nani Agbeli, who was born and raised in Ghana to a family deeply immersed in the culture and traditions there. Nani has travelled across the world to showcase and teach about his heritage and currently heads the West African Music, Dance, and Arts program at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Volta provides a unique experience that you do not want to miss.

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