Officials and dance troupes of the National Theater led by the board chairman, Nana Fredua-Agyeman Ofori-Attah have been commended by Speaker of the House for their initiative to visit Parliament as part of celebration of World Dance Day.
Speaker Professor Aaron Michael Ocquaye noted that the novelty to bring the drums and dance to Parliament to commemorate the day is well appreciated because Parliament is house of the people.
Parliament, he said, is thrilled to receive the troupes because they are identifying and sharing something indigenous with the House, which indeed is for the people.
Professor Mike Ocquaye who was addressing the National Theater cultural troupe noted that music and dance is the trend, particularly with the demise of Professor Nana Nketiah and wondered whether the visit is not a link with the man who championed the establishment of the Institute of African Affairs with a department of dance.
“When the department was established we were part of those who teased people who were supposedly doing ‘Dondology.”
“But sooner than later we realized the beauty of promoting our African culture. This is culture personified and we really congratulate you and trust that we will have more encounters with you,” he said.
Majority leader, the Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, in his remark indicated that watching cultural performances from different parts of Africa makes one believe they are from Ghana.
He noted that observing the form of drumming and dancing in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and the rest of the continent indicates Africans are indeed one people.
He averred that masculinity in some dance forms find expression in the Volta and Northern regions, which require the dancer to build his/her muscles to respond adequately to the beating of the drums in this high octane performance.
He said, “Sometimes I think we frustrate unity within the fold of Africa because emphasis should also have been placed on our culture to let us know we are indeed one people with common destiny on one continent.”
The Majority leader stated that highlife music of yester-years are beautiful because the lyrics are good and indeed inform and educate about standards of living contrary to the music offered by artists today.
People, he said, must begin to appreciate what music is because artists are losing it and stressed the need to migrate back to those days when music was not only entertaining but also educative in spite of introduction of contemporary instruments.
The Majority leader along with the 1st Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu and some MPs could not resist the performance and joined in to display their Adowa and Kpanlogo dance moves.