Ghanaian Gome and Jamaican Kumina

Edited by Isaac Nii Akrong

in Making Caribbean Dance

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034676
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046303 | DOI:
Ghanaian Gome and Jamaican Kumina

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Writing from the cultural perspective of his native Ghana and Ga-Adangme roots, Isaac Nii Akrong looks into complex connections between aspects of Ghanaian culture and that of Jamaica. He discusses the Gome drum and dance of Ghana and its links (through Sierra Leone and Central Africa) to Jamaican Maroon square drums, as well as the Jamaican danced religion Kumina, with Congolese origins, but also influences from Maroons, whose roots include Ghana, and with similarities, he notes, to dance moves and musical practices of Ghana. Above all, Akrong recognizes in the Jamaican spirituality of Kumina an intensely African connection with the spiritual traditions of Ghana.

Keywords: Isaac Nii Akrong; Ghana; Jamaica; Ga-Adangme; Gome; Maroons; Kumina; Jamaican spirituality; African connection; spiritual traditions of Ghana

Chapter.  4577 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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