galleries

Ghana
< last
thumbnails
next >


Sylvester Glago Agudzemegah…..one of the elder drummers of Dzogadze and Ledzi’s father.

He is actually most responsible for resurrecting and allowing the war dance Atsiagbekor to thrive in this village. Originally, the dance was only for men, warriors at that, and they would undergo secret training to learn the dances, drumming and songs. As the function of the dance changed overtime, less and less men were learning it. As Glago was a school teacher he saw that only by teaching the youth would this tradition continue. Initially he was met with resistance from some elders but others saw the need for the change. So in the late 1970’s he started to teaching school aged children this dance and it has flourished ever since and he even created a women’s section.

Learning this dance was the main reason I came to Dzogadze. In fact, I was the first outsider to stay for such a period of time and learn so much of this dance. The style that they perform in Dzogadze is actually quite unique and not found anywhere else in Ghana.

Glago in this picture is at a funeral playing the atumpan which are actually talking drums. He can mimic speech and phrases and call people’s names, complement them, speak proverbs. This is possible because the Ewe language is tonal and can be replicated to a degree on drums.

Dzogadze, 2007

HOME I MUSIC I ABOUT I TRAVELS I DZOGADZE FUND I NEWS I GALLERIES I CONTACT INFO I MYSPACE

WEBSITE BY JUD HAYNES