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Ghanaian Drumming

Martin Obeng, director

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Ghanaian Drumming and Dancing (MUSC0640/0641) is a dynamic course in the performance of contemporary drumming and dancing styles of West Africa. Students learn to perform diverse ceremonial and recreational music from Ghana through rehearsals, discussions, readings and listening. Master drummer Martin Obeng teaches the ceremonial songs and dances of Ghana, West Africa to both beginners and experienced percussionists. Students come together each semester to learn the music of various West African ethnic groups using African drums, bells, and shakers. The ensemble presents their work in a celebratory concert at the end of each semester, which often features visiting performers and communal dancing. No prerequisities. May be repeated for credit. Enrollment limited to 15.

Advanced Ghanaian Drumming and Dancing (MUSC1960/1961) builds on the knowledge and skills learned in MUSC 0640/0641 as students learn to perform a more challenging and specialized repertoire of contemporary drumming and dancing styles of West Africa, through more advanced rehearsals, discussions, readings and listening. Prerequisite: MUSC 0640/641 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Enrollment limited to 15.

For more information about the class, visit our Course Preview pages:

Ghanaian Drumming and Dancing Ensemble (MUSC0640 & MUSC0641)

Advanced Ghanaian Drumming and Dancing Ensemble (MUSC1960 & MUSC1961)

For a list of Brown University resources on Ghanaian music and performance, check out the ensemble's course reserve list.