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Bach's Lunch Concert: "Dances and Songs from West Africa"
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 12:10pm - 12:50pm
Contact 603-228-1196

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Free and open to the public. Bring your lunch!

Akwaaba Traditional Drum and Dance Ensemble will give a performance featuring the rich and subtle rhythmic patterns and styles specific to different tribal groups of West Africa. The Akwaaba Ensemble’s energetic and engaging performances are a reflection of their name, which means “welcome” in the Twi language of the Ashanti tribe of Ghana. The Ensemble brings together a group of friends who have been drumming and dancing together for many years in Ghana and the United Kingdom. The group includes past members of the National Dance Ensemble, Brekete Ensemble, and the Shidaa cultural troupe.

“Musical Migrations” is the theme of this year’s Bach’s Lunch programs, which are an outgrowth of the Music School’s leadership work on the Steering Committee of the Welcoming Concord Initiative. Welcoming Concord began through the statewide efforts of the Endowment for Health’s Immigration Integration Initiative, and is a forum for collective action and shared learning, with the goal of warmly welcoming New Americans into the cultural, economic, and civic life of the region.

The Bach's Lunch Series is sponsored by the Timothy and Abigail Walker Lecture Fund and the Gertrude Couch Trust; TD Wealth Management, NA; Trustee. For more information, please call 603-228-1196 or visit www.ccmusicschool.org.


The Akwaaba Traditional African Drum and Dance Ensemble brings West African drumming and dance to vivid life, holding sway with the rich and subtle rhythmic patterns and styles specific to different tribal groups of West Africa. Energized drumming and dancing blended with Highlife music makes them unique. Theo Nii Martey formed the Akwaaba Traditional African Drum and Dance Ensemble during a tour with Brekete Ensemble in London. It brings together a group of friends who have been drumming and dancing together for many years in Ghana and the UK. The group includes past members of the National Dance Ensemble, Brekete Ensemble, and the Shidaa cultural troupe. The Akwaaba Ensemble’s energetic and engaging performances are a reflection of their name, which means “welcome” in the Twi language of the Ashanti tribe of Ghana. Audiences agree that their performances are “overwhelmingly positive. Once you hear their music, you can’t resist moving.” For the past 12 years, the Ensemble has toured internationally and performed on many stages in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The goal of the group is to produce extraordinary music and great performances that enlighten the audience about African culture and music.

Location Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall St, Concord, NH