West African Drumming and Dance from Ghana Tuesdays in May 7:30pm

$ 60.00

West African Drumming and Dance from Ghana Tuesdays in May 7:30pm

May 7, 14, 21, 28 7:30-8:30pm

Floating Lotus, 169 Main St., Gloucester

Cost: $60 for full workshop (4 weeks), no drop ins

Registration required by May 1st

West African Drumming and Music from Ghana

Participants will learn basic patterns and techniques of traditional West African drum and dance music from Ghana in an engaging format. Come explore the exciting rhythms, movements, and instruments in this introductory course. All handcrafted instruments are provided. No prior experience necessary, and all abilities are welcome!

This 4 week interactive series introduces basic rhythms, songs and movements of Gahu, a popular social dance from West Africa, in an engaging format.  Instruments are provided and no musical ability is required. 

General Objectives (may change based on ability and attendance of the group)

Week 1: Introduce Bell and Rattle parts, Song, basic Dance movements, and the Cultural significance of Gahu. (If time allows, introduce Kagan rhythm)

Week 2: Review Bell, Rattle and Singing parts. Add Kagan (“back beat”). Discuss how Kagan and “Serious movement” rhythm of the Master Drum relates to diaspora music. (If time allows, add Kidi rhythm)

Week 3: Review Bell, Rattle, Kagan, Singing and Basic/Serious dance movement. Add Kidi (female voice) supporting part. Add Greeting Song in Ewe. (If time allows, add Sogo (male voice) basic rhythm)

Week 4: Review Bell, Rattle, Kagan, Kidi, Singing and Dancing. Add or review Sogo basic/serious rhythm for Gahu. Discuss gender roles in African music and culture, and the growing popularity of Ghanaian music in the USA.

Informal Performance of Gahu at the end of class! Traditional costumes and jewelry provided!

 Lauren Caso, M.A., MT-BC, Instructor

Brief Bio:

Lauren Caso currently teaches African Drumming at Tufts University for their Community Music program, and Global Percussion/Therapeutic Drumming as Adjunct Faculty at Endicott College. She is a frequent guest instructor at The Winchester Community Music School and other organizations on the North Shore and beyond. A Board-Certified Music Therapist and Music Educator, she has taught regularly in public and private school settings locally since 2000. Having studied music and culture in depth with master teachers while in Ghana, West Africa, Lauren continues to bring her teachings to community members of all abilities and ages!

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