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UMD African Drum Ensemble - Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

UM School of Music and UM School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies present UMD African Drum Ensemble Mahiri Keita Edwards, director

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 7:30 pm - Dekelboum Concert Hall

Join the UMD African Drum Ensemble for an intergenerational experience of traditional African drumming with a contemporary urban twist.

The UMD African Drum Ensemble will be joined by dancers from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies West African Dance class, taught by Kwame Opare.

Explore this history of African music and the musicians who bring this vibrant genre to life in the UM Libraries:

  Books: Read the autobiography of Babatunde Olatunji, a Nigerian drummer who collaborated with many American recording artists, among them John Coltrane, Carlos Santana, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Quincy Jones, Pee Wee Ellis, Stevie Wonder, and Randy Weston, to bring the sounds of West Africa onto the world's stage

  Recordings: Experience the music of Olatunji and other African drummers in the UM Libraries

  Film: Drumming and dance have a long tradition in many parts of Africa - travel the continent and learn about the these ancient traditions through music and choreography