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A celebration of African music and culture coming to Texas Hall

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - A Celebration of African Music and Culture

Enjoy the music of Africa at an unusual musical event at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Texas Hall, 701 W. Nedderman Drive on the campus of The University of Texas at Arlington. The performance will feature Fulbright Scholar Dr. Olusanjo Daramola and the UT Arlington African Ensemble and Gideon Alorwoyie and The University of North Texas African Ensemble. Other performers include S-AnkhRasa and Kumaasi African Ensemble, Baba Kwasi and Ayubu Kamau Sacred Afrikan Drum and Dance Society, Eddie Dunlop and the Mondo Drummers and Ferdinand Bangirinama and Burundian Drummers Association. Also performing will be Rukinzo, Lucy Mashua and Voice for the Voiceless Refugee Choir as well as music for Mbiraand Amadinda.

Daramola will lead the University of Texas at Arlington African Ensemble in performances of music from the Yoruban culture. His primary instrument is the Dundun "talking drum." Other ensembles from the percussion program at UT Arlington will play, including the Samba Band, Percussion Ensemble, and nationally recognized marching ensemble. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds go to a scholarship fund to enable students to travel to Africa and study. For more information, call (817) 272-3471. Driving directions to Texas Hall can be found at


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