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Conventional Forms of African Amusement

Conventional African entertainment uses a broad variety of musical instruments, all made from
substances found in nature. These instruments include xylophones, gongs, bells, harps, flutes and
drums. In African culture music, dance and song go hand in hand and to split them into different
groups is virtually hopeless. Dancing, music and song is, in addition, an inherent part of each culture
and is so much greater than a mere form of entertainment, it is not extrinsic to their own way of life
and is part of their lifeblood. Today, even though a conventional life no more live but have entirely
embraced western influences and western cultures, they retain an inherent love for song, dancing
and music.

Some traditional African dances that are still popular to this day include:

Agbaei, which is a flirtatious, social dance of the Krobo of Ghana. According to the oral history of the
Krobo, the dancing was began by the elds when they realised the youth in their settlement were
having problem with the whole courtship procedure. They created the dancing so the young men
and women of the village would have to participate in the dancing and therefore learn some
suggestions that would help them in real-life scenarios.

Bamaaya means, "The river (or valley) is wet" and is the most popular dance of the Dagbamba
people in Northern Ghana. It serves as a dance for many different social occasions for example
national day celebrations, festivals as well as funerals today. It began, however, as a spiritual musical
performance. The dancing requires a terrific deal of flexibility and fitness as there is lots of twisting
and waist move. When it first began it was a dancing that only guys could be a part of, the women
did the singing, praise shouting and encouraged the dancers. Now both genders can be a part of the

Yeve is a Stone or Thunder God that falls from your sky during or after a rainstorm. The people who
believe this belong to certainly one of the most secret and powerful cults in the South Eastern Ewe
territories in West Africa. Yeve music have a special arrangement that identifies it as different from
other Ewe music. Yeve music has a suite of seven to nine dancing forms or movements and each
move is related to a specific period of worship.

Kete is a dance form that's found in the royal courts of Akan communities. It's only performed if the
standing of the chief is such that he has the right to be carried in a palanquin. The music is
performed on state events and festivals. There are three components to every performance: 1)
drum music 2) pipe interludes 3) sung counterpart of the pipe melodies. You can find eight pieces to
each performance. The pieces are identified by the name for the kind of drumming and dancing
done, by the a name that is indicative of the participants or by the commemorative name of the

The most used and well know traditional musical instrument is the djembe drum. The drum comes
from West Africa where it plays a built-in part in the areas musical conventions and culture. The
drum is goblet shaped and covered with animal skin and is meant to be played with your bare hands.
The Bamana people in Mali say the name djembe comes from your saying "Anke dje, anke, be"
which translates to "everyone assemble together" and consequently neatly identifies the drum's

The mix of the goblet shape, skin covering and density of the drum mean it is effective at producing
a wide range of tones, from a high sharp sound generated from a slap to the full bass tone that is
round. To be able to achieve the sound that is right it is important to concentrate or disperse the
energy of your hand by placing it in the correct position. Hitting on the drum with your fingers and
palm towards the middle of the drum will produce the bass note, while striking the fleshy part of
your palm against the drum near the rim will produce the tone and the slap.

The djembe drum is believed to include three spirits: 1) the spirit of the tree from which it was made
2) the spirit of the creature from whom the skin cover came from and 3) the spirit of the instrument
maker. Legend has it that the tree that it was made and the djembe drum from was a gift from a
Djinn or malevolent Demigod. A djembe drum is properly crafted if it is made from a single piece of
hollowed out tree called Devil Wood or Dimba. It really is believed the spirit of the tree doesn't dwell
there if it is often glued together from slat or sections then. Get a lot more details about

The djembe drum has gained worldwide since the late 20th century. Drum circles are particularly
popular as team building exercises for companies or corporations. In order to get the complete
experience, however, one wants the whole ensemble instead of merely the djembe drums. The
entire cast includes bells, and dunun drums with individuals playing with different parts that all
intertwine to form a lovely whole. There is normally a lead djembe drum player who plays rhythms
and signs ending and the beginning of a piece.