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Saakumu Dance Troupe - Oldcastle March 9th

Saakumu Dance Troupe

March 9th * 7 pm

The award-winning Saakumu Dance Troupe will perform in Bennington on Saturday, March 9. The concert will be at Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main St. beginning at 7 p.m. The performance is cosponsored by Oldcastle and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington.

Saakumu Dance Troupe is one of the leading traditional/contemporary dance and music group in Ghana, West Africa. Created by master musician, Bernard Woma, the repertoire includes a range of spiritual, ceremonial, recreational genres to contemporary African dance forms. Their music and dance is joyful, expressive and highly participatory.
Saakumu means traditions. The repertoire is is taken from from both traditional and contemporary cultures. This artist-founded association is driven by a passion for bringing innovative dances and world music to audiences. In addition to collaborating with artists and presenters of all kinds. In the process the group builds new audiences.
Based in Medie, Accra, the Saakumu Dance Troupe has performed at important governmental functions, national and international music and dance festivals throughout Ghana and West Africa. Saakumu is is the designated official performing group at this year’s National Festival of Art and Culture, the largest cultural festival in Ghana.


Admission is by donation, with $15 suggested for adults, $5 for children, and a maximum of $30 for families. Admission will be collected at the door with cash or check accepted.

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