MADISON — The 2nd Annual Africa Night performance featuring Drum Power students will take place at Mills Concert Hall in the UW-Madison Humanities Building on Frdiay, May 18.
Drum Power students are city-wide students ranging from 2nd to 8th grade. Students develop musical and life skills including leadership, respect for self and others, and the rewards of hard but fun work. The program is directed by Yorel Lashley and services Madison Metropolitan Schools includes Lowell and Falk elementary schools and O’Keeffe and Sennett middle schools. Lowell will also be represented by its Drum Power Dance troupe directed by Erica Nelson.
The event, which costs $10 for adults and $5 for children, will raise funds to support the completion of the Gbefi Library in Ghana that began at last year’s event as well as Drum Power programs in Madison Public Schools. The performance will feature guest artist master drummers from Senegal including Atomane Gueye, Birima Thiam, and Medoune Yacine Gueye who will present Sabar drumming and elements of Wolof artistic culture.
Last year’s performance featured drummers from Lowell as well as local performers including the WADOMA and Massamba Drum and Dance companies as well as Lacouir Yancey and Cawie Buie presenting West African Traditional, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian drum and dance. This was an outstanding evening featuring local talent.
However, this year’s show will also be extraordinary featuring nearly 100 Drum Power students, many of whom have grown exponentially since last year, along with Senegalese Masters. Together, they will show the full scope and power of the traditions that the students are learning and continuing here in Madison. The guest artists are also “griots” or the keepers — teachers ,of traditional drum, dance and oral history of the Wolof people of Senegal West Africa. Through the youth performers and master drummers, the cultural depth, musical power, and intricacy of the Gewel traditions will be on display for all to enjoy and inspiration will abound.
For more information, contact Yorel Lashley, firstname.lastname@example.org (917-834-5792) or Amanda Agboka, email@example.com (618-402-3280)