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African dance – 03 Kpanlogo dance from Ghana

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[Intro music]

LUCKY LARTEY: Hi everyone. This is Lucky Lartey here. Welcome to the 10th episode of the West African Traditional Dance, and today we'll be learning a traditional dance from Ghana, my country. And also, this dance is from my tribe.

So, when you come to Ghana, we are different tribes, and this specific dance we're going to do is performed by my tribe. The dance is called Kpanlogo. Can we say it together? Kpanlogo. Yeah?

Before we start a dance, just a few things you need to know. I am really warm. I have been stretching for the past 30 minutes, and warming up, and stretching. So, you make sure you're nice and warm. You make sure you have big enough space that you can move around.

[Music playing]

1, 2, 3. Then we're going to do this. So, it's clap, clap, criss cross. 1, 2, 3. One more time. 2, 3. Next one. And, then the next beat you step - you step. You go - 1, step, 2, 3, 4.

One more time. 1, 2, 3. So, we put the two together. Clap, clap, criss cross, straight into a step. And - 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Yeah, while the music is slowing. 1, 2, 3. And then again. Last one.

The next beat we go starting from clap, clap, criss cross. Then we go again. So, it's 1, 2, 3, 4, arms. Yes? 1, 2, 3, 4, arms.

Then, we're going to spin around. So, we go 1, 2, 3. So, we hit the right foot. Up and down, yeah? Beautiful.

So, let's put the music off, and learn this, and then we'll put it together. So, we go - clap, clap, criss cross. To the other side, yeah? So, it's clap, clap, criss cross, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Yeah.

1, 2, 3.

[Vocalisations]

Up, down. One more time. 1, 2, 3. Clap, clap.

[Vocalisations]

One more time. 1, 2, 3.

[Vocalisations]

So, you're going to try slowly, with the first music, which has been slow from the beginning, going to this space. 1, 2, 3. Step, and 2, 3, 4. Clap, clap. One more time.

Then, we go to the next bit. Clap, clap. Criss cross and 1, 2, 3. One more time. Criss cross. Beautiful. Do it on the second beat. With the palms and the clap. 1, 2, 3.

[Vocalisations]

One more time. 1, 2, 3.

[Vocalisations]

1, 2, and. And 1 and 2. Yeah.

Let's start again from the top with the music. 1, 2, and 3. Then we go. 1, 2, 3. Step, 1, 2, 3, 4. Step. Again, we go clap, clap.

Now do the turn. And, 1, 2, 3. Up, down. And 1, and 2. And 1, and last one. And 1, and 2.

All right, beautiful. We have the last one before we go with the fast music, which is very easy. We go - and 1, and 2. Then we kick. Watching. 1, 2, 3. Up, down. 1, 2, kick.

Just 1, 2, kick. Left, and right, and kick. And then we go 1, 2, 3, kick. 1, 2, 3, kick. 1, 2, 3, kick. Yeah? 4 times.

1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4. One. Yeah?

One more time. 1, 2, 3. Better from here. Last beat. And, just 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3. Yeah?

Let's do it from the top. From - 1, 2, 3. And step. 2, 3, 4. 2, 3, 4.

I'm going to turn around. Spin, 1, 2, 3. And - 1, and 2. 1, 2, 3. And 1. And last one. And 1, and 2. Kick. 1, 2. And 2. And 3. Last one. 4. 1, 2, 3.

Then we're going to do the same thing, but we're going - I'm going to push the music forward when the drumming comes in, and then it's going to be a little bit faster. 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4.

So let's try to go with that music. 1, 2, 3, here we go. 1, 2, 3. 1, 2, step. 1, 2, 3, 4. Step. 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4. And - 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2. And 1, and 2. And 1, and 2.

Kick, 2, 3. 2, and 3, and 4. Yeah. Good. One more time. 1, 2, 3. 1, 2, 3. Step. Beautiful, beautiful.

All right, and we have the last one. Grab a little water. Grab a little water. Let's have a mini break. Let's have a little. And, I'm going to bring this last bit together. So, we'll finish 4 here. 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4.

1, 2, 3, 4. 2, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4. 2, 2, 3, 4. Yeah?

And, then we go 1, 2. So, it's 5, 6, 7, 8. 1, 2. 1, 2. One more time. 5, 6, 7, 8.

1, 2, 3, 4. 2, 2, 3, 4. 3, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6, 7, 8. 1, 2, 3, 4. 2, 2, 3, 4. 3, 2, 3, 4. Yeah? 3, 2, 3, 4.

So it's 3, 2, 3, 4, 5. Then we do a 2-clap. 3, and 2, and 1, and 2, clap, clap, and criss and cross. We'll finish here. Yeah?

So, we take it from the transition, which is in 1, 2, 3. So, it's - and 1, 2, 3. Then we go forward. 3 ... then we keep the same feet. It's a a little bit tricky.

Up, right, left, right, and, 1. So, it's - and 1. I usually do a little hop when you say - you go up, 1, up, 2, up, 3, up, 4. And 1, and 2. And criss and cross. Yeah?

5, 6, 7. Up, 1, 2, 3, 4, and side, and side. Clap, clap, criss cross. Beautiful.

So we're going to try it from the top to the beginning, yeah? We'll try the slow version, and then we'll do the fast version. And 1, and 2, and 3. 1, 2, 3, clap, and clap. Criss cross. Step.

2, 3. 2. Yeah? Let's start with the fast music and see. 1, 2, 3. We go. 1, 2, 3.

One more time. 1, ,2, 3. Ready? Here we go. And 1, and 2.

Wow. I hope you have had enough fun, and you've learned something new. This is what we call the Kpanlogo dance. You can look it up on Google. The spelling is K-P-A-N-L-O-G-O.

It's a dance performed by the Ga people of Ghana. My Dad is a Ga, so this is a dance from my Dad's tribe. And, all the song they're singing also is my tribe, so I can understand all the songs they're singing.

Thank you very much. Make sure you do a little nice warm down, and I hope to see you for the next episode. Thank you very much. Hope you've enjoyed it as much as I do. Stay safe and keep healthy.


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