GMB 2019: Unique Ghanaian dances brought to life by contestants

Upper West Regional rep YIRI emerged ‘STAR PERFORMER’ for the night[/caption] Beautiful Ghanaian rhythms and dance moves were brought to bear during Sunday’s live performance by all 16 contestants of this year’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful pageant. You name them, from the Gome dance of the Ga people through to the Kuntum dance by the Ahantas of the Western Region fused with the Asafo dance performed by Fantes, all the ladies brought their A-game as they performed indigenous dances peculiar to their respective regions. Central Region’s Ekua raised the curtain for the night’s performances as she appeared on stage as a warrior performing the Asafo dance. She explained the Asafo dance is performed during special occasions, and was used in the past to express excitement anytime warriors of the Fante kingdom succeeded in defeating their opponents. [caption id="attachment_135553" align="aligncenter" width="737"] EKUA[/caption] Esi, who represents the Western Region, came through with the Kuntum dance which is used by the Ahantas of her region to express gratitude for bumper harvest. [caption id="attachment_135554" align="aligncenter" width="737"] ESI[/caption] From the Greater Accra Region, Otobia did not fail the Ga fishing community when she appeared looking just like them while she performed the Gome dance, which is usually performed by fisher folks whenever they have a good time at sea by making a good catch. [caption id="attachment_135552" align="aligncenter" width="737"] OTOBIA[/caption] Savannah Region’s Kasha performed the Kpala dance, one for warriors during special occasions to showcase strength and bravery. [caption id="attachment_135555" align="aligncenter" width="737"] KASHA[/caption] Upper East Region’s very own Ayisha mounted the stage to showcase the Wongo dance which is performed on special occasions to show appreciation to the gods for protection, bumper harvest and the many blessings showered on their people. [caption id="attachment_135560" align="aligncenter" width="737"] AYISHA[/caption] Obaapa, who represents the Bono Region, was next with the Sikyi dance, which is a flirtatious dance used in the past to bait and get the attention of a love interest. [caption id="attachment_135558" align="aligncenter" width="737"] OBAAPA[/caption] Bono East’s Pena performed the Fontomfrom dance, which is often to appreciate royalty. [caption id="attachment_135561" align="aligncenter" width="737"] PENA[/caption] Northern Region representative Zara mounted the stage with a serious face like the warrior she is, as she presented the Bla dance used to celebrate the success of a hunter who had a good day at work. The dance is performed on special occasions such as festivals, funerals amongst others. [caption id="attachment_135563" align="aligncenter" width="737"] ZARA[/caption] Eastern Region’s Oye appeared on stage looking masculine as she exhibited the artistic form of royal communication among the Asantes, Akuapems and Bonos through the Fontomfrom dance. [caption id="attachment_135564" align="aligncenter" width="737"] OYE[/caption] Representing the people of the Western North Region, Saah appeared all smiles with the 3bor) Nyasue dance, which is mainly to entertain couples and spice up relationships.

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[caption id="attachment_135562" align="aligncenter" width="737"] SAAH[/caption] From the Ewe land, Volta Region’s Enam performed the Atsiagbekor dance, which is characteristic of warriors upon return from war to showcase their exploits and celebrate their victory. [caption id="attachment_135568" align="aligncenter" width="737"] ENAM[/caption] Ahafo Region’s Afia performed the Adowa dance, which is usually done during special occasions like funerals, engagements and festivals. [caption id="attachment_135570" align="aligncenter" width="737"] AFIA[/caption] North East Region’s Yaya came with a performance of the beautiful “Siak” dance, which calls for unity amongst the people in the Region. The dance is performed by the Bimobas during festivals, funerals, naming ceremonies and other special occasions. [caption id="attachment_135569" align="aligncenter" width="628"] YAYA[/caption] Ashanti Region’s Serwaa appeared on stage exuding royalty as she performed the Kete dance, which is known with Akans during festivals and some other special occasions. [caption id="attachment_135571" align="aligncenter" width="655"] SERWAA[/caption] Nana, who represents the Oti Region, came through with the “Bomofuo” dance, which is performed by royals and hunters. She appeared on stage dressed like a hunter. [caption id="attachment_135572" align="aligncenter" width="737"] NANA[/caption] Upper West Region’s Yiri entertained the audience and viewers at home with energetic movements for the “Kore” danc,  which is performed with the aim of unifying people in her community. [caption id="attachment_135573" align="aligncenter" width="683"] YIRI[/caption] At the end of the show, Ahafo Region’s Afia was crowend ‘Best Behaved’ contestant, while Eastern Region’s Oye was also rewarded as contestant with ‘Best Congeniality’. Ashanti Region’s Serwaa was adjudged contestant with the Best Costume while Upper West Region’s representative Yiri was adjudged Star Performer for the night. Ghana’s Most Beautiful, which is under the catchphrase ‘Black and Proud’ this year, airs every Sunday at 8:00PM on TV3 and is also live on all social media platforms.
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