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SOASIS DVD4 - Our Music Has Become A Divine Spirit: Female Voices From An Ewe Dance-Drumming Community In Ghana

Our Music Has Become A Divine Spirit: Female Voices From An Ewe Dance-Drumming Community In Ghana

An exploration of the power and creativity of Dzigbordi, an Ewe dance-drumming group in Ghana. The film opens with an introduction to the cultural context of Dzigbordi, preparing the viewer for a deeper understanding of contemporary music-making in Dzordze. The heart of the film then presents a series of sequences which highlight the life and artistry of five female group members. These sequences feature edited discussions with the arts, set to video and photographs of them in their daily lives. Each sequence concludes with a presentation and discussion of their own atsia solo dance, allowing us to come to a holistic understanding of the creative process within contemporary Ewe dance-drumming. Filmed and directed by James Burns, Assistant Professor of Music at Binghamton University.