Notes from Ghana #7

Yesterday was finally, at last, a “typical village day”. At least for us. Two drum and dance lessons, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, three DELICIOUS meals at the lodge, hanging out at the Spot for drinks (adults and kids) playing with the local kids and just generally enjoying a really grounding day, important for sure. Currently we are studying two pieces, Atsiagbekor (Dzogadze style) with the help of Ledzi and Oliver (who are fro the village of Dzogadze, where we will visit for a performance later this week; and Kinka, community drumming music that all of us will participate in when local people get together. Kinka has a very cool second lead part played on Gboba, a large hand drum that many of the kids got to play. The scene at the lodge is great, with everyone working together remarkably well…some of us are in a different building but 27 are in the main lodge sharing three toilets, three showers and one sink. The local food is going over very well with the youth (and adults) and our daily routines are solidifying. There are a lot of cards happening, especially Spit. So much so that Augusta made a very cool trophy for the Spit competition (see photo below).

I will leave you now with a few comments from the group journal that the kids are writing in, as well as some photos.

“I love the friendliness that fills the village”

“I love the people and the place, I feel so at home!”

“Its really awkward when you try and say something in Ewe and then all the kids laugh in your face…”

“I got my dress today!”

“So far this trip has been AMAZING and so much better than I expected. Everyone is so open and welcoming since we got off the bus, and I am excited for our new adventures”

“Andrew (Kwasi’s son) has an amazing soul! Everyone is so kind and open. I feel at home!”

“Got to teach children in the school today. They sang songs and we showed them some tongue twisters I think all of us want to be teachers here now.”

“Am in “aww” with everything.”

“Sometimes I think the kids here are way richer than us”

“When we line up for showers at night we have the most fun EVER!!”

“Its wonderful that you can walk through a village knowing only a handful of people, yet not be a stranger.”

“Early morning Fanta run. I’m beginning to develop a dependence. You won’t like me if I haven’t had my Fanta!”

“Four way Fanta”

“A Fanta a day keeps the doctor away !”

“must… acquire…MORE…FANTA!”

“Milo is legit, the best thing I’ve ever had. Also the bread.”

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