Ghanaian Cultural Resources
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is one of my favorite books of all time! The story follows eight generations of a Ghanaian family, starting with two sisters that are separated. One lives in Ghana while the other is sold into slavery, the stories are rich in culture, history and beauty.
An Angry Letter in January and Other Poems by Ama Ata Aidoo contains poetry written in English about daily life and women’s issues in Ghana.
Ghana: The Autobiography of Kwame Nkrumah tells the story of African Liberation through the eyes of Kwame Nkrumah, one of Ghana’s most prominent leaders.
The Earth, My Brother by Kofi Awoonor slips between poetry and prose, telling the story of the author’s voluntary exile and spiritual return to his native land.
Music, Dance, and Ceremony: This website provides descriptions and videos of the difference music, dances, and ceremonies from across the different regions of Ghana.
A Brief History of Ghanaian Music: Culture Trip outlines the evolution of Ghanaian Highlife music from the early 1900s until today. The website contains videos showcasing the evolution and is a great introduction for individuals interested in Ghanaian Highlife music.
Hiplife in Ghana: This website focuses on the younger cousin of Highlife, known as Hiplife. Again, this article discusses the more recent rise of hiplife (1990s) and has videos of different songs of the genre.
Drumming and Dancing
Traditional Drumming and Dancing of Ghana: This CD showcases songs featuring drumming and singing from across the diverse regions and tribes of Ghana.
National Geographic Video of Drum and Dance: National Geographic captured a short video of Ghanaian drumming and dancing.