Unformatted text preview: are an ethnic group in Ghana.
The people are governed by a hierarchical monarchy; they
The currently have a king.
Dance has always been an integral part of the Asante
Most Asante dances also involve drumming, with large
drums called fontomfrom drums (about 5 feet tall) used
for warrior or heroic dances.
The drums have tonal variations, so a good drummer can
make the drum “speak” and can essentially carry on a
conversation with the dancer.
conversation Aside from dance being a part of everyday life, and
Aside involved in rituals and rites, dance used to have an
important governmental role.
At one time, the king of Asante was expected to be a good
dancer, and this was, in fact, an official qualification.
The Asante king was expected to dance in front of his
people to honor his ancestors, and demonstrate his
leadership. The Yoruba are an ethnic group in West Africa.
Most of the Yoruba are found in Nigeria, with smaller
Most groups in Benin, Ghana, and Togo.
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