Bernard Woma a teacher and Master musician from Ghana, West Africa. Woma, his noted Ghanan dance troupe, Saakumu, and other musicians, will be performing and conducting workshops for the purpose of exposing and teaching students, faculty and staff of UF and the community about traditional music and dance forms from West Africa.
The Saakumu Dance Troupe is one of Ghana’s national dance companies. The Troupe is dedicated to introducing audiences to traditional and contemporary African dance and music. Saakumu was the designated official performing group at the 2007 and 2011 National Festival of Art and Culture, the largest cultural festival in Ghana.
Bernard Woma is Ghana's master drummer and a national treasure. Since 1989, after being recognized by the directors of Ghana’s National Dance Company, Bernard has held the esteemed position of solo xylophonist. In 1990, he was awarded "Drummer of the Year," becoming the first and only percussionist to receive the award. He is also the director of the Dagara Music Center.
This is being organized by the School of Music, sponsored by Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Yulee Fund. Co-Sponsored by the Office of Research; the School of Music; the International Center; the Center for African Studies; Black Affairs of the Multicultural and Diversity Affairs; Languages, Literature and Culture; Board of College Council/Student Government; the College of the Arts; School of Theatre and Dance; Center for World Arts.
Other public and classroom workshops are being planned and can be found here.
Center for the Humanities
and the Public Sphere
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
200 Walker Hall
P.O. Box 118030
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611