The Gbofe of Afounkaha is a form of music performed within the Tagbana community at major social events. The orchestral groups include dancers and singers, two drums and six transverse trumpets. The songs praise the community chiefs and leaders, but also act as social criticism and explore themes of love, death and gratitude through proverbs, parables or topical commentary. Children learn Gbofe directly from their parents and experienced practitioners, although at present there are few new practitioners.
Place/country: Ivory Coast,
Series: 2013 inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List/Inscriptions 2013 sur la Liste de sauvegarde urgente
Duration: 10 minutes
Credits: Ouagolo Bakary Soro (director), OIPIC (publisher),
Published in: 2013
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