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April 8, 2008

African drums resound in OU concert hall

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The Afrikania Cultural Troupe of Ghana performed at the University of Oklahoma on Tuesday in Sharp Concert Hall of Catlett Music Center as part of the School of Music's Masala World Music Concert Series. The concert featured traditional ethnic music and dances from various west African countries including Ghana, Togo and Benin.

Professor Midawo Gedeon Foli Alorwoyie, internationally acclaimed Chief Master Drummer of Ghana and professor of music at the University of North Texas, is the founder and artistic director of the Troupe. Before coming to the United States, Alorwoyie worked in the Department of African Studies at the University of Ghana as chief master drummer of the Ghana National Dance Ensemble.

Founded in 1999 to preserve the ritual music and dance of the Ewe-Awe-Anlo speaking people of Ghana, the group is dedicated to the development of the ritual performances of the ancestral gods of African culture and heritage.

As part of their visit to OU, the group presented a drumming workshop at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, in Pitman Recital Hall of Catlett Music Center.

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