African Night 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The MSU African Students Association will present their AFRICAN NIGHT on Monday, November 13th from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. in the Colvard Student Union Ballroom.  This year’s theme is uamsho, the Swahili word for revival.  The event will include African cuisine, a cultural fashion show, spoken word, dance, and music.  The musical features of the program will include a performance by JEMBE DEN, an African percussion ensemble comprised of Dr. Robert Damm’s jembe students.  This percussion group plays for cultural and educational programs throughout Mississippi.  Their repertoire consists primarily of the traditional dance rhythms of the West African region now known as Mali and Guinea: the home of the jembe drum.  For African Night 2017, Jembe Den will play fanga (an African-inspired rhythm popularized by Babatunde Olatunji.), dansa (a welcome rhythm from Mali which the group learned from jembe master Bassidi Kone), tiriba (a festival rhythm from Guinea), kuku (a rhythm from Ivory Coast played for all kinds of festivals), and djole (now performed in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Mali to celebrate a big harvest, the end of Ramadan, or a marriage).  The program is made possible through the collaboration of the African Students Association, the Black Students Association, the Moroccan Students Association, the Society of African American Studies, and the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center.

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