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Press Release: Africa drumming and dancing featured at UMass Dartmouth


Africa drumming and dancing featured at UMass Dartmouth

Concert on Dec. 11 to showcase the traditional instrumental music, dance, and song of the coastal rainforest cultures of West Africa

Author:  Jarrad Nunes
Date:  November 28, 2007
Department:   College of Visual & Performing Arts
A concert of African dance, drumming, and song directed by world renowned
artist Kwabena Boateng will take place at the UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday,
December 11, 2007, at 7:30 pm. Guest artists will include Abraham Kobena
Adzenyah, Elikem Nyamuame, Wes Brown, Scott Kessel, and Jamie Eckert. The
event, which is sponsored by the Music Department and the College of
Visual and Performing Arts, will be held in the Main Auditorium on the
main campus in North Dartmouth.

The ensemble will be performing the traditional instrumental music, dance,
and song of the coastal rainforest cultures of West Africa, including
peoples from the present day countries of Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo,
Benin, and Nigeria. The dance drama, which includes the three dimensions
of instrumental music, dance, and song, is an expression of events in the
life-, agricultural-, and seasonal cycles. It connects people as members
of a community and strategizes for success in the individual and
collective struggle for survival--the transcendence of physical, economic,
and political limitations. Drumming, dance, and song are highly
sophisticated, complex, and powerful means in oral tradition by which
people remember genealogies, recall group history, and maintain personal
connections with each other, ancestors, a spiritual realm, and the
creator.

Tickets are $5 general admission, $3 for students, staff, and faculty, and
free for seniors and handicapped persons. Parking is available in Lot 4.
Anyone interested in additional information about this special concert
event can contact professor royal hartigan by telephone at
(508) 999-8572.
 

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