Mann Students Celebrate African Culture

Mann students celebrate African culture
Posted on 02/21/2019
An African dance-drumming ensemble brought an unforgettable cultural experience to Horace Mann Elementary School during Black History Month.
Nukporfe, an ensemble from Binghamton University, performed a selection of recreational dances from various ethnic groups in Ghana, a country located along the coast of West Africa. The show began with spectacular traditional songs and dances, some fast, some slow. Each piece featured specific instruments, costumes, songs, and dance steps from the Ewe and Ga ethnic groups. The highlight of the show came at the end, when students and staff leapt to their feet to dance with the performers.
Samuel Elikem Nyamuame, an African Studies professor at the university, says it's a fun way to educate students about different cultures.
"The idea is to have students do something they aren’t used to. They get a chance to get up and learn a song or learn a movement and understand the context of that moment,” Nyamuame said. “Going home and teaching their own siblings and parents is part of the whole fun."
The concert was directed by Nyamuame and James Burns, a Binghamton parent who serves as Chair of the university’s Music Department. Watch the news stories on WICZ, WIVT and WBNG
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