A chronicle of Alison and Ron's trip around the world in 2009-2010.

"Not all those who wander are lost"
- Tolkien

Sunday, September 13, 2009

African Drumming and Dancing

On Friday nights, Big Milly’s hosts cultural night where half the village turns out for a night of traditional drumming and dancing.

Afterwards a spinning bowl enthusiast, acrobat, and fire-eater performs in a one-man African cirque du soleil. At one point he coaxed two british kids from the audience, away from the anxious grasp of mum, and scared the daylights out them with fire tricks. Actually they had every right to be scared as a couple mishaps had occurred earlier in the show, and I don’t believe he carries any insurance. I stayed twenty feet away but happily dropped a dollar in his tip jar for the chuckle.

Later that week, Ron even took a few Ghanaian drum lessons from James, the lead drummer in the performance, and drum and dance teacher at a nearby local school. He found using his hands instead of sticks in odd signature rhythms a bit challenging. There was also a small audience of children (with one keeping the tempo on a cowbell) which is a usual occurrence everywhere you go. They are the most open and friendly children we‘ve ever met and they love to have their picture taken or what they call a "snap" (unlike the older generations) and giggle uncontrollably when they see it afterwards.


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