Traditional Drum and Dance from Ghana Workshops
Two free workshops on the traditional style of drum and dance from the Volta Region of Ghana called Gahu will be held in Willmar:
Saturday, August 25th from 9:30am-2:30pm
at the Willmar Community Center
Saturday, September 15th from 9:30am-2:30pm
at Kennedy Elementary School
Advance registration is requested via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 320-599-4700. No prior experience is needed.
Gahu is a secular piece that is commonly performed at weddings, funerals and other celebrations, as well as for recreation. Participants will learn about and play Ewe drums while exploring the rhythmic fabric that is created through the traditional rhythms of Gahu. As singing, dancing, and drumming are always experienced in conjunction with one another in West Africa, participants will have the opportunity to sing, dance, and play together as they work to prepare a final “performance” of Gahu at Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! on September 15.
Luke Rivard is a professional percussionist and educator based in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, where he studied under Dane Maxim Richeson. Luke performs in the bands Porky’s Groove Machine and Black Market Brass, while maintaining a busy schedule as a freelance performer and teaching artist. Luke studied in Ghana multiple times to learn traditional Ewe drumming, dancing, and singing in the Volta Region, as well as the Lobi xylophone called “gyil.”
This workshop is part of Community Rhythms, a program of drum circles sponsored by the Willmar Community Center, funded by a grant from the Willmar Area Community Foundation.
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