Umass Kekeli African Drum And Dance Ensemble Spring Concert

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Kekeli African Drum and Dance Ensemble will present its spring concert in honor of Mother's day on Thursday, May 13th, as part of the AHA! Downtown New Bedford festival. The evening's performance will begin at 7 pm in front of the Star Store Center for Culture and the Arts located at the corner of Purchase and Union streets in downtown New Bedford. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Nativity Prep School around the corner at 66 Spring Street.

DARTMOUTH, MA. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Kekeli African Drum and Dance Ensemble will present its spring concert in honor of Mother's day on Thursday, May 13th, as part of the AHA! Downtown New Bedford festival. The evening's performance will begin at 7 pm in front of the Star Store Center for Culture and the Arts located at the corner of Purchase and Union streets in downtown New Bedford. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Nativity Prep School around the corner at 66 Spring Street. 

The ensemble has performed throughout New England and will feature the traditional warrior, ceremonial, social, and recreational dance, song, and instrumental music of the coastal rainforest peoples of West Africa, including the Asante, Ga, Eve, Ibo, and the Voruba peoples of Ghana, Cote D'ivoire, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria. 

Master artist Kwabena Boateng directs the ensemble and the concert will feature guest artists Kobena Adzenyah and Helen Mensah. UMass Dartmouth music faculty members royal hartigan, Jamie Eckert, Ziddi Msangi, and Harvey Goldman will assist in the concerts. Guest artists Wes Brown and Scott Kessel will also perform. 

The event is free and the public is invited to attend this entertaining musical performance. 

If anyone in the southeast Massachusetts area is interested in learning more about African arts and culture, please contact royal hartigan after May 14 at (508) 999-8572. 


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