The Dancing Pallbearers are led by Benjamin Aidoo, who started the group as a regular pallbearer service in 2003. He later had the idea of adding choreography to their pallbearing work. Extra fees are charged for dancing with the coffin during a funeral.
Was there a person in the coffin in Coffin dance?
The dance became popular when a lady named Elizabeth’s mother died in Ghana. Her mother’s last wish was that the men carrying her coffin must dance in a special style. While the men were dancing carrying the coffin, a relative of the deceased filmed it and uploaded it on the youtube.
Why do African dance at funerals?
Many of the African traditions ushering out the dead include a celebratory aspect to remind those left behind of the richness of life. Some of these rituals include dancing, which provides the deceased with “light feet” as they journey to the other world. “Mourning dances are often preformed.
How do you carry a coffin on your shoulder?
Shoulders should be level and facing the same direction as the hips. Turning by moving the feet is better than twisting and lifting at the same time. As you carry the coffin, keep your shoulders as even as possible, avoiding twisting your back. Keep the head up when carrying.
What do pallbearers do at a funeral?
A pallbearer is someone who helps carry a coffin or casket into the venue where the funeral is being held. Usually the pallbearers will carry the coffin from the hearse to where the service is being held. There may be around six to eight pallbearers, depending on the size of coffin.
Whats the story behind the coffin dance?
The ‘coffin dance’ is an internet meme comprising of a video group of guys in Ghana, dressed in funeral outfits, carrying a casket and dancing. The meme took popularity after the music of ‘Astronomia’ by Vicetone & Tony Igy.