According to the production's officiating elder, CK Ladzekpo, Hogbetsotso festival is celebrated annually by the Anlo-Ewe people in Ghana to commemorate a successful flight of the entire tribal group from an ancient federated settlement, currently in the boarders of Togo and subsequent resettlement in their present home in Ghana.
CK Ladzekpo will be joined by Midawo Foli Alorwoyie, another distinguished Ghanaian master drummer, as an officiating elder. The two master drummers, who are also native Ewes, will be supported by a stellar cast of traditional drummers and dancers from the African Music And Dance Ensemble.
Activities of the evening celebration will include a rare sampling of sacred Anlo-Ewe rituals through an exposition of ancient music and dance culture.
The festival, part of the Juneteen celebration will be held at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts Theater, 339 11th Street, Richmond, California. For information, please call (510) 234-5624.
C. K. Ladzekpo Home Page
African Music And Dance Ensemble Home Page
UC Berkeley African Music Ensemble (Music 148) Page
Foundation Course In African Dance-Drumming
The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
Kpanlogo Song Book
Note: these pages are constantly under construction. We are always adding material about the music and culture of the Ewe and other African ethnic groups, along with related graphics, sound, and videos that you can download.