Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Chuchuliga Drumming Group

Friday 11th October 2013

 Chuchuliga is a town located in the Bulisa District in the upper east region of Ghana, about a 30 minute drive from Sandema. Within the town there are 110 registered people living with a disability; 71 of these are part of the DPO and 17 of these are part of the Chuchuliga Drumming Group; 10 in the women’s drumming group and 7 in the men’s.

For them to be able to perform to the best of their ability the instruments they would need are 7 shakers, a large talking drum, a large calabash and three flutes although at the minute they are performing with only 4 shakers, a small talking drum and a calabash drum.

The drumming groups perform and rehearse each week and are planning on taking part and performing in the Sandema Feok Festival this December. The Feok Festival is a big part of culture in Ghana, it takes place every December, this is where people get together in their town to celebrate the harvest.

Along with drumming the men’s drumming group also get together for storytelling.

We went to meet the group on the morning of Friday the 11th October outside of a school in Chuchuliga, as soon as we arrived they began to sing and dance. When meeting this group you can tell they are all full of optimism and are happy to take part in as many activities as possible and have told us that they want to take part in the soap production training as well as chair weaving training. We spoke to them for about an hour; getting to know them and asking questions about the groups which they take part in. We also spoke to them about putting together a football team perhaps joined with a local school for the deaf. This is something we are going to work on, using sports as an activity is a good way for able and disabled people to integrate and work together in a friendly environment, the football team will also be a mix of girls and boys.

At the end of our discussion we offered the group some refreshments and told them we would be in touch again soon and that we would keep them up to date with any developments. 

After meeting this group I feel this like is what we come to Ghana for, working face to face with people from local communities to ensure that people with disabilities have equal rights and can work alongside able bodied people and also to make sure that people with disabilities are included in all major festivals and events in Ghana.

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