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Talking Drums Perform at Bowdoin

Story posted October 15, 1997


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Talking Drums, a West African music and dance ensemble, will present a concert on Friday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m., in Kresge Auditorium in the Visual Arts Center.

The concert is part of the Bowdoin College Department of Music Concert Series. Tickets are $10, general admission; $8, seniors 65 or older; and free with Bowdoin ID.

The group consists of Ghanaian musicians and dancers formerly with the National Dance Company of Ghana and other professional artists, at times accompanied by graduate and undergraduate students in the advanced West African Music and Dance program at Wesleyan University.

The company presents a wide variety of examples of traditional West African cultural practice, including social and recreational dances, festival dances, funeral and ceremonial dances, and warrior dances, with accompanying musical instruments and costuming.

Musical instrumentation for the ensemble includes: a variety of drums from different ethnic groups in Ghana and in the rest of West Africa, hand-carved from single logs ranging in size from small to more than 4 feet tall; gourd rattles with seeds or shells attached; and metal bells of various sizes and shapes. All instruments are hand-crafted in Ghana and other parts of West Africa by indigenous makers.

The ensemble is directed by Abraham Kobena Adzenyah and Helen Mensah, both from Ghana. For tickets and information, call the Smith Union Information Desk at (207) 725-3375.

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