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UCM Department of Music To Host Ghanian Dance and Music Artist Nani Agbeli

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 1, 2018) – The University of Central Missouri Department of Music will host a celebration of traditional Ghanaian music and dance at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 in Hart Recital Hall.

Nani Agbeli
Ghanian dance and music artist Nani Agbeli will bring students and faculty to UCM’s Hart Recital Hall stage in a performance of traditional Ghanian music and dance.

The performance will be the culmination of a three-day residency by Nani Agbeli, one of the leading Ghanaian dancers of his generation. Agbeli will rehearse with UCM student percussionists, dancers, and singers. He also will lead a drumming and dance workshop with students at Warrensburg High School. The final performance will feature Agbeli with student and faculty performers.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Agbeli was born into a family of prominent dancers and drummers in Ghana’s Volta region. For nine years he served as the lead drum and dance instructor at the Dagbe Cultural Center, a school that trains domestic and international students in Ghanaian traditional arts.

In the United States, Agbeli has taught Ghanaian drumming and dancing at several universities and colleges, including Harvard University, Lawrence University, and the University of Missouri. Currently, he is a professor of music at the California Institute of the Arts.

Financial support for Agbeli’s residency is provided the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and by the UCM Department of Music. For more information, contact Allison Robbins, assistant professor of music, at asrobbins@ucmo.edu.