Ruptures, Junctures, and Difference
The Role of Music and Ritual Performance in Framing “Tradition” in Contemporary Royal Ceremonies, Ghana
Keywords:sonic affectivity, sacred-secular continuum, multisensory, contestations, Ewe performance
Royal rituals and festivities are vibrant sites of cultural continuity among the Ewe of Ghana. The rituals exhibit elements of hyperreal, sonic, and sacred/secular sensibilities that frame performance and embodied affectivity. The royal event complex engages the multisensory, the carnivalesque and interstices of the sacred/secular in Ewe spirituality and religious outlook.
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