The Nukporfe Dance-Drumming Ensemble
Saturday, September 26, 1:00pm
50 Washington Ave.
Endicott, NY 13760
Binghamton University Music Department is proud to host Master Drummer Kwadzo Tagborlo from Ghana, in residence from October 7–22, 2009. There will be a Benefit Concert to help pay for his travel expenses featuring Binghamton University's Nukporfe Dance–Drumming Ensemble on Saturday September 26, 2009 at 1 – 2:30 p.m. at the Africa House on 50 Washington Avenue in Endicott, NY. Tickets donations are $20.00 and can be purchased at the door.
Once Kwadzo Tagborlo arrives he will then conduct two free Dance-Drumming Workshops with Pierrette Aboadji on Friday, October 9, 2009 from 1-3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building, Room 104 and Saturday, October 10, 2009 from 1-3 p.m. at the Africa House on 50 Washington Avenue in Endicott, NY.
Kwadzo has devoted his life to performing and teaching African music and dance. He comes from a hereditary group of artists, stretching back over 300 years, to his first known ancestor, Torgbui Avorklia. His grandfathers and grandmothers have excelled in Ewe traditional arts since that time. As a young man of 16, he was awarded the traditional title of Azaguno, chief drummer, by the elders in the town of Dzodze.
In 1995, his family hosted the foreign researcher James Burns, who lived with them for several years. The research that James gained from this experience led to the publication of his Ph.D dissertation; an audio CD, Ewe Drumming from Ghana: the Soup which is sweet draws the chairs in closer; and a new book, Female Voices from an Ewe Dance-Drumming Community in Ghana.
Currently Kwadzo is the chief drummer and artistic director for the Dzigbordi Cultural Group, one of the most recognized groups in Eweland. These events are sponsored by the Binghamton University Music Department and supported by a grant from the Broome County Arts Council.