Westchester Community College Hosts African Dancers

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Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble is set to perform at Westchester Community College in Valhalla.
Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble is set to perform at Westchester Community College in Valhalla. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Westchester Community College will host Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble for a drumming and dance performance, "Afrika Wonba," on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m.

The performers express the collective experience of Africa through a rich cultural heritage of drum and dance. Master African drummer and dance choreographer Nana Anim and his group will present music, dance, stories and songs in the Academic Arts Theatre on the Valhalla campus of Westchester Community College.

Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble is a renowned traditional African drum and dance group from Ghana, known for its stunning and beautiful performances.

"Afrika Wonba" features a dynamic and diverse program of music and dance representing Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, Benin and Mali. The performance fosters greater multicultural understanding, unity and love for our shared humanity.

In his homeland of Ghana, Anim learned the oral, musical and cultural traditions of Africa from his family. He toured West Africa to study the different music and dance traditions and to research the variety of cultures throughout the region.

He toured with multiple dance groups in Europe and West Africa and did a residency at the National Theater of Ghana. In 1998, he formed the Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble and two years later set out on a five-nation tour of southern Europe. In 2007, he moved to the United States, where he has been teaching and performing ever since.

Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble is considered a most elite group of musicians and dancers, and students and audiences have traveled from all over the world to train with them.

Single tickets are $22 (general admission), $20 for students/seniors and $16 for children younger than 13.

To purchase tickets, visit www.sunywcc.edu, or tickets can be purchased in person on the day of the show a half-hour before showtime.


 

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