Amamere Dance Ensemble To Rock South Africa

Amamere Folk Music and Dance Ensemble, one of the few cultural groups which has been lifting high the flag of Ghana globally, has been invited to South Africa by the Ghana High Commission in Pretoria to participate in GHANAFEST 2014 from September 17-22, 2014.

The trip is being sponsored by the Ashanti Gold Company with support from Ghana High Commission in Pretoria.

The group, which has participated in a number of international events, has promised to thrill cultural music and dance fans in South Africa with dances that would reveal the variety, dignity and gracefulness of traditional African dance.

It was recommended by the National Commission on Culture (NCC) and supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of Africa and Intergration.

The group which derives its technique and methodology from movement characteristics, aesthetic qualities and philosophy of the African dance, disclosed to BEATWAVES that preparations are far advanced to stage historic performance in South Africa.

As a fore-runner in the development of contemporary African dance in Ghana, Amamere Folk Music & Dance Ensemble has embarked on an educational and performance training programme for the youth and social development for the past nine years with great success.

The style and vocabulary of Amamere group is based on the philosophy that the human body is the manifestation of the life force; the tool for the creation and dissemination of dance to mirror the experiences and aspirations of the various communities.

The group yesterday held a preview cultural musical performance at the Golden Key Club at Abeka Junction as part of preparation towards the GHANAFEST 2014.

The ceremony was also used to unveil the group’s selected members who would be representing Ghana during the event.

During their performances, the group delighted cultural music fans with new dances from their large repertoire of traditional and choreographed dance pieces.

Accompanied by an array of African drums, shakers, xylophones and atenteben flutes, the group endeared itself to the hearts of Ghanaian cultural music fans with its complex rhythms that expose the beauty and diversity of African music and dance.

It was an evening worth remembering; an unforgettable evening of well-controlled and coordinated movement of legs, arms, heads, fingers and bottoms amidst loud and complex African drumming.

The group, led by Badu Evans, an experienced drummer and vocalist and Lawrence Quaye, dancer and choreographer, has participated in so many international festivals including some in Italy Germany, Canda, United Kingdom-2003 among others.

Amamere Folk Music and Dance Ensemble is a member of the National Centre for Arts and Culture, National Commission on Culture, Ghana Export Promotion Council and Ghana Monument Board. It affiliates internationally with Cioff, IOV, CID (international festival organisers) Austria, and is the only West African representative of Leading University of Dance, Theatre and Show Organisation – Mandova, Italy.

By George Clifford Owusu ( [email protected] )

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