Ghana’s ‘Jama’ Culture Takes Center Stage as FIFA Displays Black Stars’ Dondo Drum

FIFA has announced the enshrinement of the iconic ‘Dondo’ drum used by Ghana’s Black Stars during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The rhythmic heartbeat of Ghana’s fervent ‘jama’ sessions, the Dondo drum captivated audiences worldwide with its infectious energy and symbolized the unity and passion of the Black Stars In a heartwarming tribute to the vibrant spirit of football culture.



The announcement, made on Tuesday, April 16th, 2024, via FIFA’s official social media channels, marked a significant moment in football history as the Dondo drum finds its rightful place of honor at the FIFA Museum in Zurich, Switzerland. This decision reflects FIFA’s commitment to celebrating the cultural richness and diversity that define the beautiful game.



Ghana’s ‘jama’ tradition, characterized by vibrant drumming, chanting, and dancing, captured the imaginations of fans and players alike throughout the 2022 World Cup journey. The Dondo drum, a central element of this tradition, served as a powerful symbol of unity and resilience for the Black Stars, inspiring both players and supporters on their quest for glory.



By immortalizing the Dondo drum in the prestigious halls of the FIFA Museum, FIFA pays homage to the enduring legacy of Ghanaian football and the profound impact of cultural expression on the world stage. This gesture not only preserves a piece of football history but also serves as a testament to the universal language of music and its ability to unite people across borders and cultures.



As football enthusiasts from around the globe visit the FIFA Museum in Zurich, they will have the opportunity to witness firsthand the significance of the Dondo drum and the remarkable story it tells about the Black Stars’ unforgettable journey at the 2022 World Cup. Through this exhibit, FIFA continues to celebrate the power of football as a force for unity, inspiration, and cultural exchange on a global scale.



In commemorating the legacy of the Black Stars and their iconic Dondo drum, FIFA invites football fans everywhere to join in celebrating the enduring bond between sport, culture, and humanity.

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