FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
12PM – KOETTING DIGITAL COLLECTION PRESENTATION (Grant Recital Hall)
Lecture and demonstrating of the James T. Koetting Ghana Field Recordings
3:45PM – GHANAIAN DRUMMING AND DANCING WORKSHOP AND PANEL (Salomon Center)
With Gideon F. Alorwoyie, Kwabena Boateng, Samuel Nyamuame, Sarah Botchway, and Martin Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng
8PM – TRADITIONAL GHANAIAN DRUM AND DANCE PERFORMANCE (Salomon Center)
Reception to follow
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
3:30PM – LECTURE AND FILM BY DR. CARL ATKINS (Salomon Center)
A lecture/presentation on processional and parade music in the African Diaspora, featuring the film "Didn't We Ramble On"
Reception to follow
The African Music Festival will draw connections between African and Ghanaian traditions and a broader dispora of African-derived music making. Presentations and live performances will focus on the interrelationship between African traditions, Afropop, jazz, and funk. Hearing the music of traditional artists back to back with music that intertwines jazz and Afropop with traditional elements will help audiences understand the aesthetic and cultural similarities between African diasporic musics.
The festival will feature Gideon F. Alorwoyie, Kwabena Boateng, Sarah Botchway, Lydia Mankattaa, Samuel Nyamuame, Martin Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng, Ama Adusei and others. Musicians will discuss the multiple roles they play as artists, composers, educators and scholars, and lead performances and workshops.
Public events include:
• A seminar on Ghanaian drumming, dancing, and singing that will engage participants in dialogue about the place of African musics in the contemporary world
• A live performance of traditional Ghanaian drumming and dance
• A reading by renowned Ghanaian author Ama Ata Aidoo (Brown University);
• A lecture with prominent jazz performer and scholar Professor Carl Atkins (Rochester Institute of Technology) on processional and parade music in the Diaspora, beginning in Africa and culminating in modern manifestations
In addition to celebrating the dynamic forms of African music and the unique contributions of Martin Obeng and James Koetting to Brown University's African music program over the past 20 years , the festival will provide a framework from which to present the launch of Brown's online James T. Koetting Archive, a digitized collection of African field recordings by Koetting. The archive highlights Kasena music from Northern Ghana, a type of music that has received little scholarly attention since Koetting's work.
The African Music Festival is sponsored by the Brown University Department of Music, the Brown University Creative Arts Council, The Robert A. and Sara Reichley Concert Fund, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, and the Heimark Fund (Africana Studies).