Kinka Drumming and Dancing

Kinka Drumming and Dancing

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Kinka Drumming and Dancing” – Recorded during production of CD entitled “Kinka: Traditional Songs from Avenorpedo (Ghana, Africa).”

Kinka is a popular Anlo-Ewe secular dance-drumming of recent origin (1950) and is characterized by themes reflective of the youthful inclinations for a more liberal lifestyle common among the younger generation in contemporary societies. Short repetitive metaphoric phrases are the norms of this communal entertainment. Received with a tremendous sense of humor and excitement by the younger generation, the dialogues of this idiom provoke anger, resentment and confusion among the older generation.

Drum music is an orderly sequence of pitches in time known in the Anlo-Ewe musical tradition as vugbe. Literal translation, vu = drum + gbe = language – drum language).

The Anlo Ewe are a sub-group of the Ewe people of approximately 6 million people, inhabiting southern Togo, southern Benin, southwest Nigeria, and south-eastern parts of the Volta Region of Ghana.


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