Hogbetsotso festival and migration stories
The Verba Africana series publishes video recording of African verbal arts on CDRom's, DVD’s and the Internet. This series responds to the increasing need for new electronic tools that integrate the written and audio-visual materials for research, teaching and learning of African languages and oral literatures. The video recording of oral genres, such as poems, songs and tales, is integrated into the presentation of relevant aspects (language, form, content, performance, literary, social and historical context). The videos and the accompanying material (short information and full articles) allow researchers and the interested public to approach oral literary productions as ‘total event’.
In this fragment Dr. Datey-Kumodzie recollects the historical migration of the Ewes and offers songs related to the festival. The organization of the Hogbetsotso festival is presented and interpreted as well as the dance and song enacting the migration stories