n Institute of African Studies Research Review - The Baamaya dance suite, a tale of Dagbamba

Volume 24, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0855-4412



In Dagbon, the traditional state of the people of Dagbamba in northern Ghana, dance is used by the people as one of their media for expressing social organization, validating institutions, perpetuating values and promoting group solidarity. One common social form of the Dagbamba is the Baamaya dance suite. The role this dance plays is very vital to the growth and development of the people. The Baamaya dance suite is performed in remembrance of a calamity that once befell Dagbon in the middle of the 17th century. The performance of the dance reminds the people about a severe drought that befell the land, when in an attempt to find out the cause of the drought, the land gods were consulted. The paper provides a description of the dance and the main features of its performance.

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