Sept. 9, 2017 | Northeast Ghana All-Stars @ Drum Boogie Festival. Woodstock, NY. For the 2017 Drum Boogie Fest, we’re organizing the premier Ghanaian drummers and dancers in the northeastern US for an exciting performance of dances representing Ghana’s various musical traditions — Ewe, Ashanti, Dagomba, and Ga. The performance will feature Ashanti royal drummer and Tufts/Wesleyan professor Attah Poku, hand drumming expert Francis Akotuah, renowned Ewe dancer Koblavi Victor, Ahenema Cultural Troupe members Gloria Nyame and Yaw Kusi, Brandeis professor Ben Paulding, and more. http://www.drumboogiefestival.com/
Berklee College of Music | 921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
"Hosted in collaboration with MusicXChange and Bridge the Gap, this is the final event of the MusicXChange Ghana project. This performance will be a multidisciplinary event featuring music, dance, and traditional Ghanaian culture artists such as the Agbekor Society, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Faculty Band, Woman of the World, Boston Conservatory Dancers Group, and Berklee's African Ensembles. Join us for a special night of music, drumming, and dancing that features musical performances, video projection, and a short presentation about music therapy in Ghana. Traditional food will be served" (Berklee.com)
The Spot Underground | 101 Richmond St, Providence, RI 02903
Mmere Dane Group (Riley Stockwell, Marcus Monterio, Tim Lee, Sam Kurtzonkowski, Ben Paulding) opening for the Adam Nussbaum Quartet featuring Adam Nussbaum, Dino Givoni, Dave Zinno, and Jay Azzolina.
East Somerville Community School | 115 Pearl St, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
Percussion festival organized by the amazing Brazillian drummer and Grooversity founder, Marcus Santos. Description of event below:
> Ghanaian Kete rhythms from percussion to drumset with Ben Paulding, featuring master Ashanti drummer Emmanuel Attah Poku
> Drumset workshop with Sergio Bellotti. In Rhythm We Trust. Bring your singing and clapping attitude!
> Composing on the drum set by 8 year old prodigy Gino Figliola
> World Percussion Ensembles from the Somerville, Massachusetts Public Schools. 7th and 8th Grade
> Bloco AfroBrazil
> Body percussion with Bas Janssen and African drumming techniques taught by world class performers and educators!
> Drum circle with Marcus Santos
Brandeis University | 415 South Street, Waltham, MA
Performing with Faith Conant and Brandeis University's Fafali African Drum and Dance Ensemble for Ghanaian President John Mahama.