OCCII @ Willem de Zwijgerkerk: Film: “Long live the dead” + live: STEVO (Ghana)

Friday, November 01, 2024   
Doors open: 20:00


A film BY Sofie Hanegreefs & Kris Pannecoucke about the music and rituals around death of the Frafra people from Ghana’s Upper East Region.

The only thing we are certain of in life is that we will all die one day.
Since the beginning of time, people from all over the world have had very different rituals to deal with death. In modern society, death is often perceived as a taboo, some- thing negative and bad. We do not longer see it as a part of life.

In the culture of the Fra Fra people in northern Ghana, a death is a reason to celebrate life.
Troubadour Stevo Atambire is a Kologo musician who plays at these funeral celebrations.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/798648304/1b30d06be5


Stevo plays a traditional Kologo guitar and sings improvised songs about the life of the deceased. With his music he honours the deceased and helps family members to say goodbye to their loved ones. StevO started as a student of King Ayisoba and has toured a lot already all over Europe, solo and with duo Alostman.


Avond in samenwerking met Social Sciences for Society – Vrije Universiteit.