West African Percussion Ensemble
A multi-cultural ensemble of instrumentalists, singers, and dancers organized to explore and perform a variety of music and dance from cultures around the world.
The cultures to be studied will be dependent on enrollment. Participants native to the represented cultures will be enlisted to assist in the teaching of basic performance practices and concepts. Enrollment is open to all students, faculty, and staff who are competent instrumentalists, singers and/or dancers from both Western and non-Western traditions.
No performances currently scheduled. Please visit the RIT Events Calendar for a full listing of performing arts concerts and events.
No preparation or audition required. Contact Director Kerfala Bangoura for more information about joining the ensemble.
The first class meeting of the Spring 2023 semester will be held on Tuesday, January 17 at 5pm in SAU A120. Please email Prof. Bangoura prior to attending (email@example.com).
Students can register for this 1 credit course.
About the ensemble
The RIT African Percussion & Dance Ensemble (FNRT 253: World Music Ensemble) is comprised of a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff who enjoy exploring the dynamic percussive traditions of Guinea. Led by master drummer and dancer, Kerfala “Fana” Bangoura, the ensemble combines the iconic djembe hand drum with a trio of drums played with sticks, known as dunun, sangban, and kenkeni. The powerful, multi-part relationships established by this trio of drums provide a rhythmic foundation for the ensemble, enabling djembe players to develop technique in executing both accompaniment and solo parts. You do not have to read music (though it always helps!). Drums provided.