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Dancing in BlacknessA Memoir$
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Halifu Osumare

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056616

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056616.001.0001

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Dancing in Africa

Dancing in Africa

(p.175) 5 Dancing in Africa
Dancing in Blackness

Halifu Osumare

University Press of Florida

Chapter 5 records the author’s bold move to Ghana, West Africa for nine months to study and research the basis of black dance in the Americas. She studies the curriculum of the School of Music, Dance, and Drama (SMDD) at the University of Ghana, Legon, under the ethnomusicologist Dr. Kwabena Nketia and the dance ethnologist Professor Albert Opoku. She examines the development of the internationally touring Ghana Dance Ensemble. She also explores her personal relationships with other African Americans and Ghanaians to further interrogate race and blackness from the point of view of living in West Africa. She reminisces about how her dance fieldwork in five regions of Ghana and her excursion to Togo and Nigeria broadened her perspective on herself as African American in Africa.

Keywords:   African dance, Ghana, University of Ghana, Legon, African Americans in Africa

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