Several Barbadian practitioners of African drum and dance warmed up for Crop-Over recently with first-hand instruction from authentic African masters.
This unique opportunity was afforded to the local performers at three workshops organised by Akugbe, a recently formed non-profit company with the goals of promoting African heritage, including drum, dance, film, fashion, and cuisine.
Sponsored by Global Directories/Barbados Yellow Pages, the workshops featured instruction from visiting African Masters M’Bemba Bangoura and Fod√ Moussa Camara from Guinea, and Sani-Abu of Nigeria.
Just in time for their Crop-Over Festival preparations, over 25 drummers and 60 dancers took part in three days of workshops at the National Cultural Foundation’s Dance Studio. The workshops followed a “sold-out” drum and dance concert at the Frank Collymore Hall that was part of the Central Bank’s series of sunset concerts.
Marketing Manager of Global Directories/Barbados Yellow Pages, Pam Roach, said they were delighted with the response from Barbadians.
“The excellent response to both the concert and workshops shows how eager many Barbadians are to reconnect with their African heritage and to be able to appreciate African culture and arts,” she said. “And Barbados Yellow Pages is very pleased to have played a part in making these events possible.”