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The Wonder of Finding Home Away From Home

The Wonder of Finding Home Away From Home

By Raven Hennessey Swing (Summer Session 2016 Participant) I grew up around Zimbabwean (Shona) music, because my parents both fell in love with it 30 some years ago.  Though I’ve lived in the U.S. my whole life, I’ve spent a lot of time around Africans, going to

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The Brains and the Hands Aren’t Together

The Brains and the Hands Aren’t Together

This morning, as I was disaster-ing my way through some transitions in a difficult gyil song, my teacher Jerome said, “I think you know it, but the brains and the hands aren’t together.” This disjunct, a Western-style dichotomy originating from a culture that I have found to

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DMC Fundraising Update

DMC Fundraising Update

Hello from the Dagara Music Center! We are currently operating in full swing: we have already said goodbye to our Berklee College of Music students and are almost a week into the first independent summer session. If you’ve spent time with us, you know that this means that

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Indigenizing Religious Music: The Role of the Gyil in Dagara Christian Worship

By Bernard Woma Guy Beck writing about the significance of music in religious activity says that “Religion and music are understood to be universal features of human culture and society.” In his view, “group performances of sacred songs or hymns consolidated various human communities into a religious

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Teaching and Performing African Music in American Schools: An Integrated Curriculum Through Arts Based Programming

By Bernard Woma. The teaching and study of West African music in schools and colleges in the United States has a long history. Starting from the early 1960s and 1970s, a number of African expert musicians and performers have established themselves and taught African music dance in

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THE SOCIO-POLITICAL DIMENSION OF DAGARA FUNERAL RITUAL, MUSIC AND DIRGE

By Bernard Woma Funeral music and dirge are forms of public discourse through which Dagara oral history and traditional beliefs are expressed and communicated to the ritual participants by the musicians and dirge singers. As public rhetoric, the textual themes of Dagara funeral music and dirge are

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Study abroad in Ghana this summer

Study abroad in Ghana this summer

The Dagara Music Center’s 2015 study abroad summer sessions will commence on May 17th and run all the way till August 31st. Please spend your summer break in Ghana playing African drums, gyil music, dancing, and making African arts with local experts and teachers at the DMC.

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Upcoming Performance: May 21st 2015

Upcoming Performance: May 21st 2015

The Bernard Woma Ensemble performs two of Bernard’s gyil concerti  [Gyill Yeru and GyIl Jumbie] with the Durban Symphony Orchestra on May 21st at the Durban City Hall at 7:30pm.  Please share this information with your friends and family in Durban to come check out this electrifying

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