n Institute of African Studies Research Review - The Gobi dance suite, a paradigm of acculturation

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0855-4412



Dance in Africa continues to play a significant role in the social and religious lives of the people. In Wenchi, the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana, the Gobi dance is one of the most popular dance forms. <br>Gobi, performed by two settler groups, the Wangara and Banda, originally from the Ivory Coast, is an example of the role dance plays in uniting the community. Even though the Wangara and Banda see themselves as different ethnic groups, they are united as one through their participation in Gobi. <br>An important feature of Gobi is that the movements that form the form are a combination of Manding, Dyula and Akan movement patterns. This combination in effect, has contributed to the growth and appeal of Gobi. It has also benefited the cultural life of the people of Wenchi.

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