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Friday, November 7, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington African Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Michael Varner, professor of percussion and world music, will present a number of compositions representing the diverse cultures of Africa at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, in Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building, 700 Greek Row Drive.

The concert includes special artist S-Ankh Rasa, founder and director of Kumaasi African Ensemble, who has taught Djembe music from Senegal to the ensemble. Long recognized as an innovator and creative supporter of African music and culture throughout the United States, he will be featured as "master drummer" on the Djembe pieces. The program will also feature the rarely heard "dondon" or "talking drum" from Nigeria. This music was taught to the ensemble by visiting Fulbright scholar Dr. Olusanjo Daramola.

The UT Arlington African music ensemble's program will highlight the traditional music of the Ewe, Ashante, Fante and Ga people from West Africa including Kpanlogo, Agbekor and Kete. The ensemble is made up of students from many different majors, all of whom have come together to learn more about Africa and its music and who perform throughout Dallas/Fort Worth for libraries, schools, churches and hospices.

The recital is free and open to the public. Call (817) 272-3471 for more information.

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