Brief notes on the "Mfantra" people living along the road between Menji and Sampa in the British Gold Coast Colony's Wenchi District. Prepared by the District Commissioner ("WP") stationed in Wenchi and submitted to the Commissioner, Western Province Ashanti in Sunyani, the report describes the relationship of these Mfantra (Nafana) people to "Ashanti" (Asante) and "Jaman" (Gyaman). Brief descriptions of origin stories, population, housing, livelihoods and marriages customs are accompanied by three pages of word lists. To cite: "The Mfantra," District Commisioner's Report, 9 November, 1925. Kumasi National Archives, Kumasi, Ghana, 2000/91/23 (WP 91/73). 9 pages.
At a day-long celebration of the Banda area's rich cultural heritage at the Banda Cultural Centre in Banda-Ahenkro, people from Ahenkro share Nafana songs and dances associated with with girls' puberty rites (Manaa Ndiom) and wedding celebrations (Bijam). The film opens with photos of girls dressed in Manaa Ndiom attire during the 1995 inauguration of the Banda Cultural Centre. A series of songs and dances performed at the 2019 event follows, accompanied by the rhythms of calabash drums, calabash rattles and, in some cases, a wooden drum. The group is joined in the first song by District Chief Executive Mary Konneh who plays calabash rattles and dances. Seated under the shade of the canopy, Afua Donkor demonstrates how to spin cotton while others sing and dance. Young people can be seen using their cell phones to record the action. Many of the Elder women who perform wear locally made strip-woven blue-and-white textiles as skirt wraps. Ahenkro, 28 June, 2019. Length: 00:15:57 minutes.
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Performance; Cell phones
Nafana (African people); Dance; Songs; Music; Rites and Ceremonies; Marriage customs and rites; Gourd, Calabash; West African strip weaving; Drums (musical instrument); Rattles; Heritage