A hands-on workshop in which participants will play drum ensemble music from the Ewe, Akan and Dagomba people of Ghana. The workshop can be for any number of people. Groups of 8-10 people at a time will learn to play pieces on traditional West African instruments. Rhythmic construction of the music will be analyzed and performance techniques will be demonstrated. Discussion will include social context of the music, relation of West African music to Western music and use of standard Western percussion instruments as substitutes for West African instruments.
Workshop length – one or two hours