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Bernard Woma performing at Monticello High School Jan. 22

Jan. 15, 2018

Bernard Woma playing the Ghanaian xylophoneBernard Woma, a world renowned xylophonist from Ghana, will perform at Monticello High School auditorium on Monday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

The show is free and open to all in the community.

Woma earned a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with minors in History and Arts Administration from the State University of New York at Fredonia, (May 2008), and two masters degrees in African Studies and Folklore & Ethnomusicology at Indiana University (2012 and 2015). He has an extensive teaching career and entrepreneurial experience in world music and special projects.

Woma maintains a distinguished performing career in African percussion and dance. His life experiences as a music director, a lecturer in U.S. universities, and as the founder and director of a private school for the study of African music and dance [The Dagara Music Center DMC in Ghana], all contribute to his outstanding contribution to music education and community youth empowerment.

Woma has shared the performance stage with renowned artists such as Maya Angelou, 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 honored as the cultural resource person for President Barack Obama’s family when they visited Ghana in 2009. 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.

Stop by Monticello High School on Monday, Jan. 22, starting at 7:30 p.m. for this incredibly moving performance.