known as the Republic of Ghana, this land was originally comprised
of several distinct regions, occupied by many ethnic groups. The union
of these traditional states was created by the British government
during the historical period of the Western European partitioning of
Africa. Formed from the merger of the British colony of the Gold Coast
and the Togoland trust territory, Ghana in 1957 became the first
sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence.
Kpanlogo originated in Accra, the capital city of Ghana and the
traditional home of the Ga people. This land occupies the southern
corner of the modern republic in an administrative region known as the
Greater Accra Region.
Kpanlogo is essentially an urban youth
dance-drumming of the Anlo-Ewe people, and a symbol of the commitment of a rapidly growing
Ghanaian urban neighborhood youth in advocating their perspective in
shaping the political vision of post colonial Africa.
Thanks to CK Ladzekpo for the photo and information.
In People Like Me 2007: Motion Commotion, Umoja Clique will perform a unique collaboration between African (Ghanaian) dance and Hip Hop.
juxtaposition of traditional and popular African movement
with urban contemporary African American street dance highlights little-seen connections and roots.