Friday, 11/4 - 8pm World Music Concert with Paschal Yao Younge @ Oakland University Varner Recital Hall
Saturday, 11/5 - 2pm Workshop and 4pm Concert with Paschal Younge @ Pontiac Creative Art Center
Thursday, 11/10 - Noon, Percussive Arts Society International Convention with Bernard Woma @ Indiana Convention Center, Room 201
Friday, 11/11 - 2pm, Percussive Arts Society International Convention with Bill Summers @ Indaiana Convention Center, Room 120.
The fall semester is grooving right along. I’m very grateful to teach so many dedicated and energetic students at Oakland University. The success of my own teaching is built upon a foundation given to me by many generous teachers who have shared their musical passion. It is truly a privilege to get up every day and pass this rich gift of music on to the next generation.
The month of November is quite special, as I will be working together with three of my musical mentors. My very first professor at the University of Ghana back in 1992 was the multi-talented Paschal Younge. In addition to being a master Anlo-Ewe drummer, Paschal is a highly accomplished composer and brass band director. It is my great pleasure to welcome Paschal Younge to Oakland University for a residency this week, culminating in aconcert at Varner Recital Hall on Friday night, featuring the Akwaaba African Ensemble, Ngoma World Percussion Ensemble, Pan-Jumbies Steel Band, and Afram Jazz Band. Then on Saturday afternoon, we will be presenting a free workshop and African drum performance at the Pontiac Creative Art Center.
The following week, I will be at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis with two more of my wonderful teachers. On Thursday, I will be presenting a World Percussion Lab on Dagara Xylophone Music entitled “Learning Dagara Gyil” together with my long-time mentor and collaborator Bernard Woma. And on Friday, I will be performing Bata’ together with acclaimed percussionist Bill Summer's and his group Iroko.
I hope to see you at one of my upcoming events!
Thanks for your support,