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Nesin Cultural Arts presents Bernard Woma and the Saakumu Dance Troupe

January 29, 2013

The Nesin Cultural Arts will present Master Drummer Bernard Woma and the Saakumu Dance Troupe at 7:30 p.m. March 8 in the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre for the Performing Arts, St. John Street, Monticello.

Master Drummer Bernard Woma and the Saakumu Dance TroupeThe award winning Bernard Woma and the Saakumu Dance Troupe is one of the leading traditional/contemporary dance and music group in Ghana, West Africa. Their music and dance range from spiritual, ceremonial, recreational genres to contemporary African dance forms. Their music and dance is joyful, expressive and highly participatory.

Bernard Woma has shared the performance stage with renowned artists such as Maya Angelou, Yo Yo Ma, and Glen Velez. He has performed for international dignitaries and presidents such as U. S. president Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II. He was recently honored as the cultural resource person for President Barack Obama's family when they visited Ghana. He is a true cultural treasure from Ghana who has toured the world as xylophonist and lead drummer of the National Dance Company of Ghana.

Bernard is an extremely dynamic artist and deeply experienced educator. His recent appearances in the US include a performance with New York Philharmonic at the Avery Fisher, Lincoln Center, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra, residency with the Ethos Percussion group, performances and teaching at New York's AXF: African Xylophone Festival, and various universities and colleges. The performance of his composition "Gyil Nyog Me Na" in the spring of 2006 at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall is a testimony of his musicianship. Bernard is the Artistic Director of Saakumu Dance Troupe and the founder and director of the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Accra, Ghana.

Tickets for this outstanding performance are suggested donations of $10 for adults, $5 for students. All are welcome. Tickets may be purchased at the door. The funds raised through this event will be used to bring in future programs and events in the arts for the students and community. For more information regarding tickets, contact Ellen Nesin, at 794-6013.

For more information on Nesin Cultural Arts programming visit www.nesinculturalarts.org.