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Music dept. press release   Date: 12/2/10 Bookmark and Share

Music and Dance from Southern Ghana

Northampton, Mass.—Smith’s West African Drumming Ensemble, with director Faith Conant, will present a program of music and dance from southern Ghana, with special guest Nani Agbeli, on Wednesday, December 8, at 8 p.m. in Earle Recital Hall, Sage.

Nani Agbeli

Agbeli, a native of the Ewe from the Volta Region of Ghana, received his drum and dance training from his father, Godwin K. Agbeli, who was the chairman of the National Folkloric Company at the Arts Council of Ghana.

Nani Agbeli has been a drum and dance instructor at the Dagbe Cultural Center in Kopeyia, Ghana, for nine years, to which people from all over the world have gone to study, including students from American schools such as Berklee College of Music, Tufts University and Bowling Green University.

Agbeli has named his teachings—in traditional drumming, dancing and batik-making—Woezo, a Ewe word meaning “You are welcome! My house is your house.” He believes that learning and sharing in one another’s cultures promotes love and peace.

Agbeli currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he directs and instructs classes, workshops, and residencies.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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