FIRST EDITION TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE FESTIVAL, YAOUNDE
CAMEROON: The curtain closed down yesterday on the stage of the national museum in Yaoundé where the first ever TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE FESTIVAL in Cameroon took place. The much appreciated cultural rendezvous showcased the enormous cultural riches that the county termed Africa in miniature possesses.
The ethnic groups rushed in from all angles of the national triangle to show on a stage to the eyes of the world, what dance step and traditional dresses were legated to them by their ancestors. The five days festival that went from the 2nd to the 7th of August 2017 was organized by the Cameroonian ministry of culture under the patronage of the President of the republic His Excellency Paul Biya. This festival was coming at the right time to try and bring Cameroonians of different cultures and from all angles of the green, red, yellow country to help solidify a national unity that has been seriously shaken lately by many internal happenings. Also to deep root a local culture that is fast succumbing to powerful an influential winds, blowing from the west.
The festival was a great success as the public from Yaoundé and other parts of the country turned out in their numbers to savor the beautiful cultural heritage brought down from Manfe by the Manyu cultural dance group from the South western region, the Ndian people with the Boko Ngolo oboni dance group from the same region. The North western region was represented by the Meta cultural dance group with the Nokonge and also other dance groups from the same region. Not forgetting the adamawa region that was represented by the Yoye Dan dance group which is a ritualistic dance to uphold the cultural and spiritual values attached to the birth of twins in a family and the community. Like other regions, the West region was not left out with the Ben Skin dance group from the Nde. To portray the welcoming and inclusive nature of the festival, the Nigerian refugees in Cameroon from the Minawao refugee camp in the Northern region were invited to the fiesta.
The most exciting point of it all was the Ambas Bay dance group from Bonaberi, Douala in the Littoral region with their extraordinary dancing steps that drove the crowd wild with ecstasy as they cheer and ask for more. The evening ended with the staging of guest singers who were ace bikutsi singer Govinal Ndinga Essomba and talented makossa artist Dora Decca.