AKUGBE, a multi-disciplinary festival celebrating African drumming and dance, with its origins in the annual Toronto-based Muhtadi International Drumming Festival, is being launched in Barbados with a cultural showcase on June 12, 2013 at 6:15 p.m. as part of the Frank Collymore Hall’s Free Sunset Concert series.
The June 12 concert will provide a first-hand taste of authentic African drumming, showcasing the wide array of drums and percussion instruments used in the art form. Expressions of dance which are authentically African will also be integrated into the performances – resulting in a true West African experience, right here in Barbados.
Six master class artistes representing Guinea and Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados will deliver phenomenal performances, preceded by a guest performance from the Israel Lovell Foundation Juniors. The artistes will be further showcased in community workshops organised by the National Cultural Foundation and the Commission for Pan African Affairs over the weekend of June 15 and 16.
There is no admission charge for the Frank Collymore Hall concert but as space is limited, patrons are advised to be seated by 6 p.m.