Park University to Host West African Dance Troupe for Annual Cultural Sharing Event

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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The Saakumu Dance Troupe, one of the leading traditional/contemporary dance and music groups from Ghana, will hold a performance on Tuesday, March 1, at Park University’s Parkville Campus. The program, a part of the University’s annual Cultural Sharing Event, will begin at 5 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public.

Led by musician Bernard Woma, the Saakumu Dance Troupe derives its repertoire on the variety of both traditional and contemporary cultures with creativity. Its performers are experts in traditional African music and dance, and the group brings the art, culture, values and feeling of Ghana to its audiences. The group’s selections range from spiritual, ceremonial and recreational genres, to contemporary African dance forms. The music and dance is joyful, expressive and highly participatory. The ensemble’s instrumentation includes the African xylophone, drums, calabash water drums and praise singing of the Akan and Dagbamba people of Ghana.

The performance is sponsored by the University’s Office of International Student Admissions and Services and the Office of Student Life.