February 13, 2010

Hamline University will welcome the award-winning Saakumu Dance Troupe of Ghana back to campus for an exciting performance and workshop during their third trip to the United States.

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Hamline University will welcome the award-winning Saakumu Dance Troupe of Ghana back to campus for an exciting performance and workshop during their third trip to the United States (all of which have included performances at Hamline).

For several years now, Hamline University undergraduate students have traveled to Ghana and studied African music and culture at the Dagara Music Center in Medie, Ghana. There, the students have learned about the intersection of Africa, music, and culture, while studying how music and dance impact some of the economic and political issues of the region. After a 2007 study abroad trip ended, the professor for the course invited the dance troupe of the center, the Saakumu Dance Troupe, to Hamline for its first U.S. performance.

This year, the troupe’s visit includes performances on Hamline University’s Saint Paul campus on Wednesday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Sundin Music Hall, located at 1531 Hewitt Avenue and a dance and drumming workshop on Thursday, March 11 at 11:20 a.m. in Bush Student Center Ballroom, located at 1551 Hewitt Avenue. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. For more information, call the Center for Multicultural and International Student Affairs at 651-523-2423.