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"Shades of Africa" Music Festival - April 2-6, 2013 - Weber Music Hall UMD - all concerts 7:30pm - Call (218) 726-8877 for tickets - Group and package deals available.


“Shades of Africa”
Music Festival

April 5, 2013 - 7:30pm
“African Portraits”
with Sowah Mensah and the
UMD Percussion Ensemble

With participation of:
Harbor City International School
Sing! A Women's Chorus
Macalester African Music Ensemble
Nettleton School's World Beat Drummers

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 addtion, 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. Sowah is the director of Sankofa, a Ghanaian Folklore and Dance Ensemble in the Twin Cities and a member of Speaking in Tongues, a four-piece group based out of the Twin Cities that uses two percussionists, a bassist and a Chinese pipa player.

Weber Music Hall
or call (218) 726-8877

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“Shades of Africa” Music Festival is sponsored by the UMD Music Department and
grants by the Campus Climate Initiative and the Academic Affairs Diversity Initiative.


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