Three of Ghana's top cultural groups gave a gala performance at the Accra Arts Centre on Wednesday (18 June).
Three of Ghana's top cultural groups gave a gala performance at the Accra Arts Centre on Wednesday (18 June). The concert was timed to coincide with their departure for the United States where they will represent Ghana in the 1975 Festival of American Folklife in Washington.
This film shows the performance of Wulomei, the most popular of the three groups, doing a dance with song titled Okomfo. Okomfo is a religious song pleading for the traditional ways of life. The other two groups are Kwaa Mensah and the Gonje.
The American festival is an international celebration of cultural heritage of American people, organised by the Smithsonian Institute.....America's national museum. More than 800 musicians, craftsmen and dancers will perform before an estimated two million spectators.
One of the festival's major themes is the African Diaspora -- an exploration of elements common to the music and crafts of black communities in the United States, the Caribbean and Ghana.
Following the festival, the Ghanaian troupe will go on an extended concert tour of the United States.
SYNOPSIS: In the Accra Arts Centre.....Ghana's top group called Wulomei......
They are performing Okomfo.....a religious dance and song, pleading for the traditional ways of life....
Wulomei's one of three groups about to leave for the United States where they'll represent Africa in the nineteen-seventy-five Festival of American Folklife.