Keleli African Drumming Concert At Umass Dartmouth

Dartmouth, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Music Department Kekeli African Drum and Dance Ensemble will hold its fall concert on Thursday, December 4, 2003 in the UMass Dartmouth Main Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Dartmouth, MA—The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Music Department Kekeli African Drum and Dance Ensemble will hold its fall concert on Thursday, December 4, 2003 in the UMass Dartmouth Main Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. 

The concert will be directed by Kwabena Boateng and will feature guest master artists Helen Mensah and Kobena Adzenyah. The ensemble will focus on the traditional drumming, dance, and song of the West African coastal rainforest cultures, including those of Ghana, Togo, Cote D'Ivoire, Benin, and Nigeria. Dance drumming will include ceremonial, warrior, social, harvest, processional, and recreational styles of the Ga-Adangme, Eve, Akan, Ahanta, Nzema, and Dagara peoples. 

The concert will also include UMass Dartmouth students, staff, faculty, and community members. Associate Professor Royal Hartigan of the UMass Dartmouth Music Department leads the Kekeli Ensemble. 

The musical selections will include Asaadua, a processional of the Akan people; Gahu, a recreational music of the Eve people; Kete, a royal court music of the Asante people; Bawa, a harvest music of the Dagara people; Cape Verdean, a social dance of the Cape Verde islands; Kundum, a harvest music of the Ahanta and Nzema peoples; Sovu, a religious music of the Eve people; and Ada Kete, a recreational music of the Ga Adangma people. 

Kwabena Boateng is a master dancer and has appeared across the globe in films about African culture and dance. Helen Mensah is a world authority on African dance and teaches at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Kobena Adzenyah is a master drummer and has recorded and performed internationally with his “Talking Drums” ensemble. He is a founding director of Wesleyan's African music and dance program. All three artists were members of the prestigious Ghana national Dance Ensemble and have performed, given workshops, and recorded internationally. 

Admission to the event, which is wheelchair accessible, is $5 for the general public, $3 for students with ID, and free for senior citizens. Parking is available in lots 4 and 5. For additional information, please contact Dr. Hartigan by telephone at (508) 999-8572. 


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