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Gwo Ka African Dance Class
Experience Guadeloupe’s deep-rooted African culture by sighing up for a Gwo-Ka dance class. Gwoka–which translates as big drum–is a part drumming, part call-and-response chanting, and part dancing musical expression found in Guadeloupe Islands. Seven different rhythms on different sized drums, accompanied by calabash, combine to create an intoxicating, high energy beat to which participants and observers watch in a circle, each taking a turn to respond to the drums. In Pointe-a-Pitre, the long-running Akademiduka offers energizing Gwo-Ka dance classes for newbies as well as the experienced. The instructor teaches the class alongside a performing band of Gwo-Ka drummers and dancers in traditional outfits. It’s one of the most fun things to do in Guadeloupe, and a real eye-opener on the culture.
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