Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dance and Music of West Africa

Posted on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-10-06

This coming Tuesday, the Trinity University’s Stieren Arts Enrichment Series brings us a performance by the world-renowned Bernard Woma, master of the gyil (pronounced JEE-lee), a xylophone-like percussion instrument from West Africa. Woma, a Ghanaian, has been lauded by fellow percussionists for “the most advanced drumming on the planet,” and has performed with YoYo Ma, Maya Angelou, and the New York Philharmonic. He’s entertained audiences including Queen Elizabeth II, the Obamas, Nelson Mandela, and Bill Clinton. This time out, he’ll be backing up the Saakumu Dance Troupe, which combines drumming with African and modern dance. Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, prepare for the beat. Bernard Woma and the Saakumu Dance Troupe: Dance and Music of West Africa, Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, 715 Stadium Dr, 7:30pm Tue, Oct 12, Free,, (210) 999-8406

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