The UVa African Music and Dance Ensemble hosts Professor Gideon Foli Alorwoyie, an Ewe Master Drummer on Sunday, April 29th, at 7:30pm in Old Cabell Hall for their spring concert titled “Pass it On: Deep Traditions.”
Alorwoyie is a high priest of the traditional Ewe religion, born and raised in Anlo-Afiadenyigba in the Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa. He is highly regarded as one of Ghana’s foremost virtuosos of traditional music and dance, has been a legendary influence on the Ghana National Dance Ensemble, and has instructed notable American composers and scholars including Steve Reich, John Miller Chernoff, and David Locke. He is currently Associate Professor of Music, and director and principal dancer as well as choreographer of the University of North Texas African Percussion Ensemble. He is also the chief (Torgbui) of his natal village.
The African Music and Dance Ensemble explores traditional music and dance forms from West Africa (Ghana, Togo) and Central Africa (BaAka pygmies). Directed by Associate Professor and ethnomusicologist Michelle Kisliuk, the ensemble holds several performances a year, including outreach events in the Charlottesville community.
On Sunday, the Ensemble will perform core drumming, dancing and singing from the Ewe tradition of Ghana/Togo, and also of the BaAka forest people of the Central African Republic. Students from Jack Jouett Middle School and Jackson Via Elementary will also participate in the performance.
This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information call (434) 924.3052.