African drumming workshop Friday at Roosevelt in FFPublished 11:31am Thursday, November 8, 2012
Experienced drummers are invited to a world-class African drumming workshop at the Roosevelt Learning Center Friday.
Leading the workshop is Sowah Mensah is an ethnomusicologist, composer and a “Master Drummer” from Ghana, West Africa. Sowah has taught music in both Ghana and Nigeria and is currently a music professor at both Macalester College, and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where he also directs each school’s African Music Ensemble. In addition, he is currently a James Marsh Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT and directs the African Music Ensemble at the University of Minnesota.
Assisting with the workshop is Mensah’s partner, Marc Anderson, an anthropology and percussion professor from Hamlin University in St. Paul. As a Zen Buddhist priest from the Soto Zen tradition, Anderson has been called a “Zen master of ambient percussion.”
The workshop on Friday from 2pm to 6pm at Roosevelt Learning Center, upstairs in the cafeteria.
The event is free and open to the public, but because of limited space and the fast pace of the workshop, participants are requested to have drumming experience and pre-register by calling Cindy at 218-731-1013.
The African Drumming workshop is funded through a Pelican Rapids 21st Century Grant and multi-school district Integration Funding.