MUJRA DANCE

stands about 24 inches tall and has a head of from 10 to 12 inches in diameter. The head is traditionally made with antelope skin, however, may be made of calf or goatskin, with calfskin producing the sound most similar to antelope. Being a peg-type drum, it is tuned by tapping the pegs into the drum body. The drum is played strictly with the hands.

The Kpanlogo orchestra consists of two Kpanlogo drums (male and female), iron double bells, shekeres, or gourd rattles. One or more square wooden drums (Tamali), the Gyil (xylophone), bamboo flute, hand clapping and whistles may all be incorporated to produce this lively dance sound.

In the Ga language, Kpan means dance, and longo means turning, so Kpanlogo means turning dance. The dance features wildly swinging arms, gyrating torsos, and fancy footwork. Performed equally by men and women, “lolo” aspects, such as the arm movements of pulling in heavily loaded fishing nets, can be readily seen in the dance’s structure, as can hints of rock and roll dancing. Comedic movements, rapid turning, foot stamping, facial expression and flirtatiousness all play their part in completing the form.

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