West African dance troupe to perform in Bennington


BENNINGTON >> The West African group Saakumu Dance Troupe will perform at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse on April 1, at 7:30 p.m. These performers are dedicated to introducing audiences to traditional and contemporary African music and dance. Admission is $10 for individuals; $5 for children over five; $25 maximum per family. The Fellowship is at 108 School St.

Further information is at www.uubennington.org/special-events/

Saakumu means traditions. The company bases their aesthetic on traditional styles combined with contemporary forms, creating a repertoire uniquely their own. They are an artist-founded association driven by a passion for bringing innovative dances and world music to their audiences. The troupe is one of the leading traditional/contemporary music and dance groups of Ghana, West Africa. Led by master musician, Bernard Woma, the group's repertoire spans genres from spiritual, ceremonial and recreational to contemporary African dance forms. Their music and dance is joyful, expressive and highly participatory.

Based in Medie Accra, the Saakumu Dance Troupe has performed at important governmental functions and national and international music and dance festivals throughout Ghana and the United States.


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