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6 Traditional Dances from Africa and Where to Witness Them


History  •  24 Aug, 2023  •  77,700 Views  •  ⭐ 1.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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Africa is a treasure trove of diverse cultures, and with it comes a myriad of captivating dance forms. From conveying ancient war tales to celebrating milestones, these dances are not just performances, they are pulsating heartbeats of communities. Here, we dive into 6 of the most enthralling traditional African dances, providing you with a glimpse of where to witness these mesmerizing forms firsthand.

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Agbadza Dance: Echoes from Ghana

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Originating from the vibrant Ewe tribe of Ghana, the Agbadza dance has its roots in an old war dance known as Atrikpui. What was once a war dance has now evolved into a festive highlight, especially prominent during the Hogbetsotso festival celebrated by the Anlo Ewe community. It isn’t just a dance but a symphony, with musical instruments like the Gankogui and Sogo giving it a rhythmic heartbeat.

Witness in: Ghana during the Hogbetsotso festival.

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