African Dance – Characteristics of Kpanlogo

It all started with a spider. Actually, she began with a spider (Anans) story:

There was once a powerful rich king with three beautiful daughters, but no sons. The daughters were never allowed to leave the king's palace and their names – Kpanlogo, Alogodzan and Nmaa Nmaa – were kept secret from the public.

When the king became older he became more worried that he had no son to inherit his throne. The wise old king thought of a plan to secure his throne. He conceded a contest for all men in his kingdom: The man who guessed the secret of his three daughters's daughter would work his hands for marriage and, consequently, inherit a throne.

Before, a sneaky man had made him lead into the hall. He walked his way through and through the hall until he came across three beautiful daughters to play. He started igniting and gyrate, acting like a mad man, making the girls laugh at him. Not too far away, their mother heard the encouragement and wanted to know what the whole uprising was. Mother called to her oldest, "Kpanlogo?" Receiving no response, she called out to her daughters, "Alogodzan? Nmaa Nmaa?" With this, the man disappeared, so the girls explain to her mother, who had just taken place.

The day of the race was all the only people in the state gathered in the hall for their chance to win the race. One by one they presented to the king and tried to guess the names of his beautiful daughters. One by one, they failed. Finally, it was a turn on the bad man. He had created a song with the name of daughters and started to sing, "Kpanlogo Alogodzan nn Kpanlogo Nmaa oo Nmaa oo".

Crowds and the Royal Family were truly amazed! But nothing more than the king who demanded to know how Sneaky had learned the names of his precious daughters. Sneaky Man enthralled throngs with his amazing story of courage and daring. The king was so fond of Snorky Man's cleverness that he happily gave his daughter a marriage to our sneaky friend.

Like most Ananse stories, this story has passed from generation to generation in West Africa, especially the Accra Area of ​​Ghana, as both entertainment and educational tools. After hearing the story of his grandfather, in the 1960's, a young Ga-man, named Otoo (Otu) Lincoln, was inspired to create the performance of this story. The development of a new rhythm, now known as Kpanlogo, Lincoln, participated in traditional Greek fish folk dances, known as "lolo", as well as African "festive" dances, similar to Clave (Cuban Rhythmic Pattern), and the influence of American blues- Man, Bo Diddley. Kpanlogo soon moved away with the younger inhabitants of West Africa.

The Kpanlogo drum is also the favorite Ghana nation. Similar to the form, but smaller than the UK, the Kpanlogo drum produces a rich, deep, soft sound. The drum is about 24 inches tall and has a head from 10 to 12 inches in diameter. The head is usually made with antelope skin, though it may be made of calf or goatskin, with the calf which produces the most resembling antelope. Being a peg-type drum, it is set by tapping the pens in the drum body. The drum is played strictly with hands.

The Kpanlogo band consists of two Kpanlogo drums (male and female), iron double bells, shekeres or gourd rakla. One or more square meters of drums (Tamali), Gyil (xylophone), bamboo floss, hand-clad and flute can all be combined to produce this vibrant dance sound.

In Ga language means Kpan dance and Longo means to turn, so Kpanlogo means to turn dance. The dance has a swinging weapon, gyrating torsos and fancy footwork. A comparison of equality between men and women, lolo-side, such as arm movements of movements in heavy loaded fishing, can easily be seen in the structure of dance, such as evidence of rock and roll dancing. Comedic moves, fast bends, leg stamping, facial expression and dumbbells are all parties to finish the picture.

The sexual orientation, which led to the ban being temporarily banned by the government in the mid 1960s. Officials organized a presentation of the dance to consider course decision making. Simply changing those who do this particular performance always change a bit and change the steps and their movements. After this review, the Kpanlogo authorities decided to take appropriate social dance and banished. From this point, kpanlogo became the favorite social and festive dance of the Ghana people, which is now being done by the young and old.

Source by Elisa Thorp

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