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Shake shake shake, shake your bootie….

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Feet stamping with jingles added to the lively beat of the drummers

One of the truly fabulous experiences in Ghana is undoubtedly witnessing a cultural demonstration of dancing and drumming.  We had this opportunity recently in a village that forms part of peri-urban Tamale.  The drummers were drumming, the booties were shaking, and the feet were stamping.  It was great!

Things took a decided turn for the worse when the demonstration finished, and the “visitors” were expected to have a go themselves!   In order to look the part, we were assisted into the belt like apparatus with pom poms.  These must shake when your bootie does, for maximum effect.  Antia and I had a go, and it was good fun. But we certainly paled in comparison when it was Mark’s turn.  He was a natural!  Not much bootie to shake, but he gave it a stellar effort;  much to the riotous amusement of the women and children assembled.  No doubt they are still chuckling when they think about it!   Certainly I do!   : )

Mark was the cause of much merriment amongst the local women!

It is much tougher than it looks!  It is very exhausting, and we were doubly impressed by the dancer below, who has started young, but no doubt he has a long and exciting career ahead of himself as a traditional Dagomba dancer.

Starting young, this small fry was strutting his stuff - fantastic!


Written by Mar(k)

September 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm

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  1. Mark,show us the dances when you get back to OZ.


    September 5, 2010 at 8:10 am

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