Thousands of interactions have sponsored the creation of memes starring
the so-called “coffin africans”
, a humorous resource to carry the confinement caused by the coronavirus.
Social networks like Twitter, applications like TikTok, content creators like AuronPlay or Forocoches itself have viralized this group of “gravediggers” who appear at the end of apparently harmless recordings at the beginning, but which become dangerous as they go along.
But what is its origin? One of the first references dates back to 2015. A video from the YouTube account “Travelin Sister” explains the death celebration. “I traveled to Ghana to attend the funeral for my mother-in-law and witnessed an incredible performance. Professional dancers proudly honored the “homecoming” with impressive body movement, graceful footwork, and incredible strength that would make any Ghanaian family proud.
In 2017, “BBC News Africa” documented the work of »the pallbearers«, which is usually a group of between four and six people, who are »raising spirits at Ghanaian funerals with extravagant dances of transporting coffins . Families are increasingly paying for their services to send loved ones in style. ”
The amount for the service varies depending on the type of ceremony, which can last between three and seven days: on average it is usually around 13,000 cedis –the currency of Ghana–, which would be equivalent to just over 2,000 euros; however, the figure may be higher.
In 2013, Bloomberg was talking to Benjamin Aidoo, founder of one of the most popular groups of porters: “Customers say, ‘Daddy loved to dance when he was alive, let him dance once more.'”
In addition to dancing, the music at these funerals is essential: it encompasses
from reggae to gospel. In the case of viral videos on social networks, the peculiar dance is accompanying the song “Astronomia”, by Tony Igy.
The recent history of the meme is set in February 2020, when a TikTok user published a video montage in which a skier appears trying to do a stunt jump, and then the clip of the porters symbolizing the “fail”. @lawyer_ggmu ## fyp ### foryou ## follow ## global ♬ original sound – khvichagogava A video from 2019 shows one of the risks of these dances:
the coffin ends up falling to the ground and opens. The sequence, however, is the protagonist of many of the current videos.The popularity is such that there are already compilations with thousands of reproductions. .