UMD to present concert of African music, dance, and song

A concert featuring African dance, drumming, and song will be presented at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Thursday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the main auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, with parking available in lot 5.

UMD to present concert of African music, dance, and song 

A concert featuring African dance, drumming, and song will be presented at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Thursday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the main auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, with parking available in lot 5. 

Sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Music Department, and the Council on Cultural Diversity and Pluralism, the performance is directed by master artist Kwabena Boateng, whose residency this fall was made possible by a UMD Parents’ Association grant. Boateng, an acclaimed dramatist, dancer and musician, will be assisted by royal hartigan, who teaches world music at the university. 

Also featured on the program will be master drummer Martin Kwaakye Obeng and master dancer Helen Mensah They are leading members of the Ghana National Dance and Music Ensemble and have contributed to the development and sharing of African culture and arts worldwide. Other guest artists include Scott Kessel, Wes Brown, Andy Markham, Jamie Eckert, and Chris Poudrier. 

The program will feature the music of the coastal rainforest cultures of West Africa, including Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria. Bambaya, a recreational dance drumming of the Dagbamba people of northern Ghana and Tokoe, a social and educational music of the Ga-Adangme people of southern Ghana are among the scheduled repertoire. 

For more information, contact royal hartigan at (508) 999-8572. 

Note: royal hartigan uses lower case lettering for his name


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