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Explore the Indeginous Sounds and Movements of West Africa’s Dagomba and Ewe People: December 12th, Thursday @ 8:00 p.m.

Under the direction of Tufts University ethnomusicology professor David Locke, this intriguing program of  indigenous performing arts will feature the music and dance of the Dagomba and Ewe  tribes of West Africa. Performers for the evening will include the collegiate ensemble Kiniwe who will be joined by the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society and students from Dr. Locke’s Music of Africa course.

 The Dagomba hail from the Sudanese region of Northern Ghana. Two native  ceremonial art forms will be presented during the course of the evening. Takai dance is structured as a suite, consisting of a number of distinct  sections each displaying its own individual choreography set to music with phrasing that is intricately matched to the dance movements. The dancers move about grasping rods which they in turn, strike together to produce a clacking sound, thus adding  further musical interest to the overall percussive sound of the piece. The more in synch the dancers are with the music, the more intense the emotional high which is ultimately experienced  becomes for both the performers and their audience.  Praise name drumming is a musical proverb of sorts that is composed in honor of those who become chiefs of the tribe. Family members of such individuals perform this piece at various local festivals and other public gatherings.  The Ewe people inhabit parts of the Volta Region of Ghana, southern Togo, and western Benin. Their music is highly characterized by its rhythmic complexity. More specifically, this particular concert performance  will feature Agbadza style singing or “war songs”. Professor Locke is a highly experienced, well respected scholar in the area of African music, so this exhibition of native music and dance promises to be educational as well as entertaining. 







Event Details:

When: December 9th, Thursday @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: Granoff Music Center’s Fisher Hall (Tufts University)

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Admission: Free 

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More Info: 617-627-2253

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November 9, 2010 at 6:55 am Leave a comment

Help Save Our Wonderful Planet to the Beat of Global Rhythms: Drumming for the Planet Takes Place On: November 6th, Saturday @ 7:00 p.m.

Save the planet how? You may be asking. The answer is by reversing the global warming trend and the ghastly havoc it is wreaking upon our environment at this very moment. Yikes!!! This is a message which I have posted to the general public before and quite definitely is worth repeating time and time again as global warming poses as serious threat indeed to the well-being of our entire planet. Thanks to ethnomusicologist and world musician Warren Senders, he and his dedicated and talented colleagues now have a vehicle by which they can contribute to a cause  that they all feel very passionate about, which is to reverse this devastating environmental trend. “Drumming for the Planet” is the third installment of a benefit concert series which professor Senders, himself, has produced in order to employ world music as a catalyst in order to rally support for the efforts of, an environmental organization which is dedicated to lowering the levels of CO2 in our atmosphere. This should in turn eventually put an end to global warming. These special performances involve local world music artists  who represent various genres from all over the globe as this is indeed a world-wide crisis in the making. Quite simply what we have here is an evening of great world music supporting a great world cause.

 I have provided here some sound links so that you can get a quick sampling of what’s in store musically for the evening. Artists who will be “Drumming for the Planet” include:


Rakalam Bob Moses (video) – Currently a professor at the New England Conservatory of Music, Mr. Moses began his drumming career in contemporary/jazz music at age ten and rose to become one of the world’s top percussionists, having performed with likes of Charles Mingus, Pat Metheney, Abbey Lincoln, Terumasa Hino, Tsziji Munoz, and many many other international stars. As a composer and recording artist, he has received world-wide  critical acclaim in such heavily circulated publications as Downbeat Magazine. He is the founder of the highly successful world music funk ensemble Mozamba which has been delighting its audiences for over 20 years.         


Agbekor Drum and Dance Society (video) – Under the direction of Tufts University’s professor David Locke, this African drumming ensemble has been together for decades. They enthusiastically present to their audiences the indigenous music of the Ewe people of Ghana, Benin, and Togo. This music is highly characterized by its rhythmic intricacy and  performances also involve the addition of vocals and dancing.


Akshay Navaladi (with Sri Ravi Torvi) (video) – This tabla virtuoso began his highly successful career at an early age as a recipient of the Ugadhi Purashkar award (2002)  for child prodigies. Since then he has gone on to win additional national honors and has also appeared on Indian national television. He has performed with top artists of both the Hindustani and Carnatic disciplines including Shri K. N. Padmanabhan, Srimati Komala Varadhan, and Ustaad Iqbal Ahmad Khan. During his appearance at “Drumming for the Planet“, he will be accompanied on the harmonium.  


For further info about these exceptional performers visit this link



Last October, I had the fortune of attending an earlier concert, also put on by Mr. Senders for the same wonderful cause, this time in recognition of “International Climate Change Awareness Day.” As an ardent lover of world music, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire evening. Here is a summary of some of the highlights of that event, complete with photos. As I have said so many times before, it is truly a wonderful thing when world music can be employed as a catalyst in support of global well-being in any form. Kudos to Mr. Senders for giving us, the audience, yet another opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful project, complete with such exquisite music!


Event Details:

All proceeds of this event go to benefit the mission of

When: Saturday, November 6th @ 7:00 p.m. 

Where: Emmanuel Church (Boston)

Tickets: $20.00 (General Admission) (Online purchase)/ $15.00 (Seniors and Students) (Online purchase)

Advance purchase options for tickets are available until 3:oo p.m. on the day of the concert   

More Info: 781-396-0734 OR

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September 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

Enjoy A Special Evening of World Music and Dance at the “Playing for the Planet” Benefit Concert: 6 Great Acts in One Show! – Saturday, October 24th @ 6:30 p.m.

play5“Benefit concert for what?” you might ask …to raise global awareness of the serious implications of the current climate crisis (most namely global warming) and encourage world-wide action to save our planet. (See College professor, ethnomusicologist, and world musician Warren Senders (see blog) came up with the wonderful idea to produce a world music and dance show in order to aid this all important cause. As an avid fan of world music, it always gives me great pleasure to see my passion employed as a platform to encourage global unity and well-being! 


Concert-goers will be treated to music and dance from four regions of the world including, Europe, Asia, Africa,  and the Middle East. For a brief description of the concert program, as well as short bios on the performers- just click here. If you are interested in brief sound or video clips from the artists, then click on the links below. The “additional info” is provided compliments of Mr. Senders, himself, and will give you a more complete picture of  each artist.   

Libana (additional info)

Aparna Sindhoor Dance Theater

Ayakano Cathleen Read (video of Japanese koto player)/Elizabeth Reian Bennett (additional info)

Warren Senders and the Raga Ensemble

Beth Bahia Cohen (performing with ensemble ZIYIA)

Agbekor Drum and Dance Society (additonal info)








Concert Details:

When: October 24th (International Day of Climate Action) – Saturday @ 6:30 p.m.

          (Related events happening all day in the Boston Area)

Where: First Congregational Church of Cambridge (11 Garden Street)

Tickets: $20.00 ($15.00 – Seniors/Students)

            Available for purchase online ($20.00 / $15.00)

More Info: 781-396-0734 

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