Dancing at Damba Photo credit: Marlena Padgett

Damba Time in Kpanshegu

Damba in Kpanshegu was awesome. To give you a little bit of background before jumping into pictures. According to wikipedia paraphrasing:

The Damba festival is celebrated by the chiefs and peoples of Tamale and Wa in the Northern region and Upper West Region of Ghana. The festival is celebrated in the Dagomba lunar month of Damba, corresponding to the third month of the Islamic calendar, Rabia al-Awwal. Damba is celebrated to mark the birth and naming of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

It is celebrated in each village on their own designated day, in our case Kpanshegu celebrated it on Friday and Saturday (it’s a multi-day event). There is a lot of dancing involved (a lot) and food (a cow was slaughtered to eat later on) and just overall revelry. The actual date of Damba can be unpredictable- so we didn’t have much notice when we drove to the village. We walked to the water treatment center first and noticed that no one was really there- because they were preparing for Damba. There was a small leak in the polytank tap, so Wahab fixed that with some plumber’s tape. The water in the blue drums had fully been ‘alumed’ so now it was time to move the water to the the polytank- with the help of a casava bowl. It was a team effort but we moved 600 liters of alumned water, twice into the polytank. Then the real fun began at Damba.

Wahab fixing the leaking polytank with plumbers tape and glue

Wahab fixing the leaking polytank with plumbers tape and glue

 

Moving the alumned water to the polytank with a cassava shell

Moving the alumned water to the polytank with a cassava shell

 

Damba festivities along with getting my hair twisted

Damba festivities along with getting my hair twisted. Photo credit: Marlena Padgett

 

Photo credit: Marlena Padgett

Children hanging out near the water treatment center and Marlena at Damba Photo credit: Marlena Padgett