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West African dance troupe to perform at Alfred University’s Miller Theater

The Saakumu Dance Troupe will be performing at Alfred University’s Miller Theater on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. The performance is open to students, faculty, staff, and the community free of charge.

The Saakumu Dance Troupe is an award-winning traditional and contemporary dance and music group from Ghana, West Africa. Led by master musician Bernard Woma, the company is dedicated to introducing audiences to traditional and contemporary African dance and music. Their repertoire includes a range of spiritual, ceremonial, recreational and contemporary African dance forms accompanied by traditional instruments such as the African xylophone, calabash water drums and the praise singing (talking drums) of the Akan and Dagbamba people of Ghana.

The group has performed at several governmental functions and at international music and dance festivals throughout West Africa. This year, the Saakumu Dance Troupe has been designated the official performing group at the National Festival of Art and Culture, the largest cultural festival in Ghana.