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Fredonia to host concert of African dance and music
Thursday, January 08, 2015

Fredonia to host concert of African dance and music

Percussionist Bernard Woma

Traditional and contemporary African dance and music will be presented at a concert at the Fredonia by the Saakumu Dance Troupe and master musician Bernard Woma on Monday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. at Rosch Recital Hall.

Saakumu Dance Troupe, a leading dance and music group based in Ghana, West Africa, is led by Woma, a former adjunct faculty member at Fredonia’s School of Music at Fredonia and a 2008 graduate. Its repertoire includes a range of spiritual, ceremonial and recreational genres of contemporary African dance.

Woma plays the Dagara xylophone, which has keys hand-carved from fire-dried tropical rosewood and dried gourds, and is also a principal member of the Ghana Dance Ensemble. He has performed in concerts and given workshops, lectures and lessons in America and Europe for nearly 25 years.

The concert is sponsored by the Fredonia Percussion Guild and is free and open to the public.

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