Dancing Pallbearers from Ghana now Global

By | April 17, 2020

Dancing Pallbearers from Ghana. The Nana Otafrija pall-bearing and waiting service group from Ghana are currently viral TikTok and global superstars and here’s how far their videos have reached.


A report by BBC News Africa which featured the group was uploaded to YouTube on July 27th, 2017 and has since received six million views.

Dancing Pallbearers or Dancing Coffin refers to several videos showing Ghanian pallbearers dancing while they are carrying a coffin. In March 2020, the videos, paired with EDM song “Astronomia” by Tony Igy, gained popularity in FAIL edits, similar to To Be Continued and We’ll Be Right Back memes.

Dancing Pallbearers from Ghana

Pallbearers are lifting the mood at funerals in Ghana with flamboyant coffin-carrying dances.Families are increasingly paying for their services to send their loved ones off in style.

Dancing Pallbearers from Ghana

Young dancing pallbearers from Ghana have gone global with their videos in the covid-19 pandemic. More countries continue to use their tik tok videos to caution citizen to stay at home to avoid contracting the corona virus, Pictures on social media also shows billboard of the Ghanaian dancing pallbearers around the world

Dancing Pallbearers from Ghana

BBC Africa shared a video of the dancing pallbearers on their official Twitter page.

Here is all you need to know about the Dancing Pallbearers from Ghana

Origin

The first of the three most popular videos that gained popularity in connection with the trend was uploaded to YouTube by Travelin Sister on January 22nd, 2015 and depicted Ghana’s cultural phenomenon of dancing pallbearers (shown below, left). The video received over 2.9 million views in five years. Another video, a report by BBC News Africa,was uploaded to YouTube on July 27th, 2017. That video received over 681,000 views in three years (shown below, right).

The third video, which depicted pallbearers accidentally dropping a coffin during their dance, was first posted by Facebook user Bigscout Nana Prempeth on May 2nd, 2019, gaining over 2,900 reactions, 4,600 shares and 350,000 views in one year (shown below). On May 3rd, 2019, the video was reuploaded to YouTube where it received over 725,000 views in one year.Dancing Pallbearers from Ghana

The exact first instance of the video being paired with the EDM track “Astronomia” by Tony Igy is unknown. On February 26th, 2020, TikTok user @lawyer_ggmu (previously @khvichagogava) posted the earliest known instance of the meme (made by an unknown author) in which the video, paired with the song, was used as a punchline for a FAIL clip. The TikTok received over 4.5 million views and 474,700 likes in one month (shown below).

Dancing Pallbearers from Ghana- TheSpread

In the following weeks, the video gained significant popularity on TikTok as a punchline for FAIL clips in a manner similar to To Be Continued and We’ll Be Right Back memes memes, implying that the person in the FAIL video has died. For example, on March 6th, 2020, TikTok account Trickshots posted a version of the meme that received over 2.9 million views and 237,000 likes (shown below, left). A March 12th meme by TikTok user @xacamnhuong received over 2.7 million views and 330,800 likes (shown below, center). A March 14 meme by @.minh_hieu gained over 7.2 million views and 478,400 likes (shown below, right).

In the following weeks, the meme received further spread to Twitter, Instagram and other online platforms. For example on March 20th, 2020, Facebook page J e k y uploaded an edit that was received over 660 reacts and 2,600 shares in one week. On YouTube,compilations of Dancing Pallbearer memes, often referred to as Dancing Coffin memes or Astronomia memes, were posted.

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