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Abissa is a cultural concept embracing the music, dance and spiritual life of the Nzema people in the town of Grand-Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa.[1] The best-known expression of Abissa is a festival celebrated in the last week of October. It is a time of forgiveness and rebirth marked by a week-long celebration.

Women dancing at Abissa 2016


  1. ^ French, Howard W. (November 3, 1995). "Grand-Bassam Journal; In One Unbridled Week, a Town's Moment of Truth". New York Times. Retrieved 22 August 2009. 

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