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BU Celebrates Diversity Through African Music and Dance

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VESTAL, N.Y. -

Over a hundred people gathered at Watters Theater in Binghamton University Thursday night to watch show celebrating African culture.

The university’s music department showcased a variety of drumming and dances from a number of different African cultures.

Student performers spent the entire semester prepping for the Nukporfe African Drumming & Dance Ensemble & African Acrobat show. They say shows like this are needed for the university.
 
“It is important to showcase African dance because, especially in a university like Binghamton, it’s a PWI, so many people do not know about certain cultures, so if we’re able to showcase African dance in any type of light, this is the best way to do so,” said a student performer.

A few of the cultures presented include Bawa, one of the oldest traditional dance-drumming performed in the Upper West region of Ghana, Agbekor, a war dance of the Ewe people of Ghana, and Sorsornet, a traditional dance performed by Baga people in the Boke region of Guinea.

The show was choreographed and directed by assistant music and theater professor Samuel Elikem Kwame Nyamuame.