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African Music and Dance Ensemble to perform Dec. 9

Posted by Laura Franzini  December 4, 2012 03:30 PM

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The following was submitted by Tufts University:

The Tufts University Department of Music presents Kiniwe at the Distler Performance Hall of the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 8 p.m. The all-student ensemble will perform instrumental music, songs, and dancing from the Ewe Ga and Dagomba traditions of West Africa. The concert features new choreography by director Nani Agbeli for Atsiagbekor and Gahu, two of the core pieces of Kiniwe’s repertory from the Ewe tradition of Ghana.

"Kiniwe" is the African Music and Dance Ensemble of the Music Department at Tufts University. The Kiniwe Ensemble mostly performs repertory from various ethnic groups in Ghana, such as Ewe, Dagomba, and Gã. The Kiniwe Ensemble is an outgrowth of performance courses offered by the Music Department. Students in these courses earn letter grades and a half credit. Two sections are offered every semester: section 1 for newcomers and section 2 for continuing students. Prof. David Locke, the founder of Kiniwe, taught these courses from 1979-2010. Since 2011, Prof. Nani Agbeli is the instructor for the Kiniwe courses and the artistic director of the Kiniwe Ensemble.

The Kiniwe ensemble is part of the Music Department's curriculum in African performance arts and culture that includes "Music of Africa," "Studies in West African Music-cultures," and "African Music Systems." Tufts also offers its undergraduates the opportunity to study this material in Ghana itself through the Tufts-in-Ghana Study Abroad Program. "TIG" students visit the Dagbe Center, a cultural tourism facility started by Godwin Agbeli, Nani Agbeli's father, and now operated by his older brothers Emmanuel and Ruben.  Prof. Agbeli regularly leads study tours to Ghana during the summer. 

The Granoff Music Center is located at 20 Talbot Ave on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit as.tufts.edu/music/musiccenter or call the Granoff Music Center Box Office at 617.627.3679.

About Tufts University

Tufts University, located on three Massachusetts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville, and Grafton, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university's eight schools is widely encouraged. 

The Tufts Department of Music offers a flexible and eclectic academic program leading to the Master of Arts degree in music. Students concentrate in composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, or theory, while having the opportunity to explore all these discipline, as well as the areas of music cognition, linguistics, sociology, and anthropology of music. The Tufts Department of Music is housed in the new Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center, home to the Distler Performance Hall and Fisher Performance Room. The Music Center hosts over 150 events and concerts annually, the majority of which are produced and presented by the Department of Music. 

Tufts University - Department of Music
Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Ave
Medford, MA 02155
Office: 617-627-2253 • Box Office: 617-627-3679

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