World Music 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.


Performing Arts events at RIT have been canceled or postponed while campus is closed due to COVID-19. To give you an idea of the types of events that RIT generally hosts, please visit our Events page for a small sample of previously-scheduled performances.

Audition Information

No preparation or audition required. Contact Director Kerfala Bangoura for more information about joining the ensemble.

The first class meeting of the Fall 2020 semester will be held on Thursday, August 20 at 5pm. Please email Prof. Bangoura prior to attending. Class will convene in SAU A120 before moving outdoors for socially distanced rehearsal.


5-6:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, SAU A120 (meet in A120, outdoor rehearsals are being planned for Fall 2020 semester)


Students can register for this 1 credit course.

Credits 1
The World Music Ensemble is a hands-on course, in which students learn the fundamentals of music as a sociological phenomenon and a variety of concepts and world views to answer the question, What is music? This is accomplished by introducing students to several music cultures, through learning fundamental instrumental and dance techniques, with African music being central to the study. Ensemble is coached four-to-six-times-a-year by professional musicians and dancers, including Ghanaian Master Drummer Martin Kwaku Obeng, and performs several times each school year, both on campus and in the community. Enrollment is open to all interested students, faculty, and staff, regardless of musical proficiency. Developing cooperation and teamwork is a necessary outcome of participation in this ensemble. Auditions will be held to assess proper placement. Contact instructor for more information.

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Kerfala Bangoura
Kerfala Bangoura
Director of African Percussion Ensemble
College of Liberal Arts