No more gruesome Grim Reeper, say hello to Ghana’s Dancing Pallbearers, the new face of your death, but with fun and dance. 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.
The ‘Dancing Pallbearers’ or ‘Dancing Coffin’ memes refers to several videos showing Ghanian pallbearers dancing while they are carrying a coffin.
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.
In the report, Benjamin Aidoo, who is the leader of the dancing pallbearers said,
‘‘I decided to add choreography to it so if the client comes to us, we just ask them: “Do you want it solemn or do you want a bit more of a display? Or maybe you want some choreography on it?”
However, it a version of the video being paired with the EDM track “Astronomia” by Tony Igy posted on February 26th, 2020 by TikTokuser @lawyer_ggmu as a punchline for a FAIL clip that made the group go viral.
The TikTok received over 4.5 million views and 474,700 likes in one month
In the following weeks, the video gained significant popularity on TikTok as a punchline for FAIL clips which implied that the person in the FAIL video has died.
Following the COVID-19 outbreak, the meme received further spread to Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other online platforms as means of cautioning people to obey preventive measures to stay alive.
The new meme format was featured in VICE. The writer said:
“Ghanaian pallbearers dancing with a casket in a highly choreographed routine, lifting it up and lowering it, pretending to drop it and laying down dead in an homage to James Brown, makes all the horrors of the world easier to handle. It’s not a joyful laugh, but a grim one.“
The group has since been featured through various formats in games and on billboards across the world.
By going viral, the Prampram-based group was also featured by the international news organization, Aljazeera.
— Ameyaw Debrah (@ameyaw112) April 14, 2020
They are the new source of joy for many people under lockdown and the current “MEME KINGS” on social media.
Here are some favourites.
— Allan Saint-Maximin (@asaintmaximin) April 15, 2020
Chale your people catch Brasil oo. “Stay Home Or Dance With Us” 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/VgPWUsc1VS
— 2pee (@_2pee) April 14, 2020
😂 😂 We global!!! pic.twitter.com/gDey7PQ6OH
— KALYJAY 💉🙈🌍 (@gyaigyimii) April 14, 2020
Thread African funeral dance meme pic.twitter.com/HRzJiL3sFH
— Alessandro (@FinallyMcFly) April 2, 2020
Let us know your favourite coffin dancing pallbearer meme.