Annual African Cultural Festival brings dancing, drumming and global music to UNT

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 13:51
Dancers and drummers perform at the annual African Cultural Festival. Photo by UNT College of Music.
Dancers and drummers perform at the annual African Cultural Festival. Photo by UNT College of Music.

What: The African Cultural Festival, featuring dancing, drumming and music from around the world, returns to the University of North Texas for the 19th year.

When: 8 p.m. April 2 (Saturday)

Where: Paul Voertman Concert Hall, located in the Music Building at 415 Avenue C, Denton.

Cost: $20 for general public and $10 for UNT students with ID.

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DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The 19th Annual African Cultural Festival returns to the University of North Texas at 8 p.m. on April 2 (Saturday), and will bring dancing, drumming and a variety of global music. The Afrikania Cultural Troupe from Ghana, West Africa, will perform with Gideon Alorwoyie, percussion professor and festival organizer.

Alorwoyie, who is from Anlo-Afiadenyigba in the Volta Region of Ghana, also is a high priest of the Yewe religion and a chief master drummer. He says he hopes to expand interest in global culture.

"I hope that attendees will learn how to understand the great value of traditional expectation in the African culture," Alorwoyie said. "I want them to experience the close relationship between the music and the dance."

The event also will feature a variety of global music, including Afro-Cuban, South Indian and West African ensembles.

"I look forward to educating both students and the community about world music and different cultures," Alorwoyie said. "It will be a fun evening of dance, drumming, music, culture and art."

Tickets, which will be available at the door of Paul Voertman Concert Hall in the UNT College of Music Building, are $20 for adults or $10 for UNT students who present their student ID.

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