MUSIC AND DANCE AS MEDICINE: AN ART BEYOND EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION FOR HEALING

T. S. Jebuni, F. Y. T. Jebuni, K. Adum-Atta

Abstract


The paper examines current developments on the use of music as therapy. It looks at the application of musical
healing by the society in contemporary times and determines extent to which it affects the emotions of people. The
objectives of the paper were to review literature from anthropologists, ethnomusicologists and historians on using
dance and music as a scientific approach to healing the sick. Through interview, participant observation and
content analysis, the paper examines the Jinŋwariba (dancing prophet) musical therapeutic of the Dagbamba of
Northern Ghana, and discusses the specific purposes of the Jinwaraba shrine music and dance healing. Results
of the findings were choreographed for stage performances for public education.

Keywords: Emotions, Healing, Therapy, Jinwariba


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