Three hundred years ago the Baule people migrated westward from Ghana when the Asante rose to power.The tale of how they broke away from the Asante has been preserved in their oral traditions.
One of Côte d' Ivoire's most famous festivals is the Fêtes des Masques (Festival of Masks), which takes place in the region of Man occurs in November.Côte d' Ivoire's claim to culinary fame, maquis normally feature braised chicken and fish smothered in onions and tomatoes, served with attiéké, or kedjenou, a chicken dish made with vegetables and a mild sauce.One of the tastiest street-vended foods is aloco, which is ripe banana in palm oil, spiced with steamed onions and chilli and eaten alone or with grilled fish. World famous reggae artist Alpha Blondy is Côte d' Ivoire's best known singer, though his music isn't necessarily representative. Rice, Death, Marriage, Birth, Weather are all celebrated with music Historically, this music has been the prerogative of just one social group, the griot (village entertainers), who use only instruments they can make with local materials, such as gourds, animal skins and horns.Magic is also common, and good magic keeps evil spirits away.Medicine men or juju priests dispense charms, tell fortunes and give advice on how to avoid danger.Akye are an Akan peoples living in southern Côte d' Ivoire.
The rise of the early Akan centralized states can be traced to the 13th century and is likely related to the opening of trade routes established to move gold throughout the region.
The country's traditional music style is characterised by a series of melodies and rhythms occurring simultaneously, without one dominating the others. instruments used include Talking drum, djembe, Kpalogo, Shekere (Youroo), Akombe, Cleavers The Baoulé, the Dan (or Yacouba) and the Senoufo - all known for their wooden carvings.
No one produces a wider variety of masks than the people of the Ivory Coast.
Before sunrise the chief appears, drums pound and villagers go into trances.
The frenzy continues until late afternoon of the next day.
Aowin are an Akan peoples living in southern Côte d' Ivoire.