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Guest Artists - Bernard Woma and Saakumu Dance Troupe - February 2, 3, and 4 2015

Saakumu Dance Troupe will give a free concert on Feb. 3 at 7:30 pm - All Faiths Chapel

Saakumu Dance Troupe residency 

Monday February 2: 

11:30 am – 12:20 am   Freshman Survey (Music 225)

5:00 - 7:00 PM           African Dance Class (Dance 350)


Tuesday February 3:

8:00 - 9:20 am             Dance rehearsal for Bima (Dance 507)

9:30 - 10:20 am           African Drumming (Music 281)

10:30 - 11:20 am         Percussion Ensemble 2 (Music 280)

11:30 - 12:20 pm        Music/Dance area – (informal showing/workshop)

7:30 pm                       Saakumu Dance Troupe performance in All Faiths Chapel (free)


Wednesday February 4:

11:30 am – 12:45 pm  African dance master class – N008

2:30 - 3:20 pm       Percussion Ensemble 1 (Music 480)


Bernard Woma has shared the performance stage with renowned artists such as Maya Angelou, Yo Yo Ma, and Glen Velez. He has performed for international dignitaries and presidents such as U. S. president Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II. He was recently honored as the cultural resource person for President Barack Obama's family when they visited Ghana. He is a true cultural treasure from Ghana who has toured the world as xylophonist and lead drummer of the National Dance Company of Ghana. Bernard is an extremely dynamic artist and deeply experienced educator. His recent appearances in the US include a performance with New York Philharmonic at the Avery Fisher, Lincoln Center, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra, residency with the Ethos Percussion group, performances and teaching at New York's AXF: African Xylophone Festival, and various universities and colleges. The performance of his composition "Gyil Nyog Me Na" in the spring of 2006 at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall is a testimony of his musicianship. Bernard is the Artistic Director of Saakumu Dance Troupe and the founder and director of the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Accra, Ghana.

The award winning Saakumu Dance Troupe is one of the leading traditional/contemporary dance and music group in Ghana, West Africa. Led by master musician, Bernard Woma, the group repertoire includes a range of spiritual, ceremonial, recreational genres to contemporary African dance forms. Their music and dance is joyful, expressive and highly participatory. For information, visit their website:  http://www.saakumu.com

K-State Dance has a history of bringing visiting artists from around the country and the world with a variety of specialties. Each year, we bring guest teachers and choreographers in an attempt to expose the K-State student / dance community to a broad range of styles and experiences.