UNESCO-Intangible_Cultural_Heritage_Logo3Gwo-Ka is now inscribed on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since November 2014.

Gwoka is found among all ethnical and religious groups of the Guadeloupean society. It combines responsive singing in Guadeloupean Creole, rhythms played on the Ka drums and dancin Composed of 7 different rhytms  (TOUMBLAC – GRAJ – LEWOZ- WOULE – KALADJA – PADJAMBEL – MENDE).

Gwo-ka is a rich musical style. In its traditional form, Gwoka unites these three areas of expression and emphasizes individual qualities of improvisation. The participants and the crowd form a circle in which dancers and soloists enter in turns to perform, facing the drums. The audience claps and sings along the soloist’s chorus.

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