Department of Music

World Music Ensemble

This ensemble focuses on global percussive and song traditions, especially those of the African diaspora (based on instructor's vast musical experiences).

Here western instrumentalists fuse with traditional musicians from every culture: bongo, gyil, ukulele, tabla, etc. Students will grow and develop their musical skills by learning new techniques on their own instrument, exploring a range of repertoire representing genres such as highlife, reggae, salsa, afrobeat, Afro-jazz, and global fusions. There will be unique opportunities to work on improvisation taking influence from Steve Reich, Tito Puente, Randy Weston, Hugh Masekela, Paul Simon, Miriam Makeba, Ghanaba, and Milton Nasimiento.

Courses:
MUSC 0642

Director:
Kwaku Kwaakye (Martin) Obeng

World Music Ensemble
World Music Ensemble

Schedule

  • Mondays 7-9PM in Orwig Music Building, room 301

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Videos

1914

 

The World Music Ensemble led by Ghanaian drummer Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng performing the Ghanaian highlife piece "1914" composed by E.T. Mensah.

In The Morning"

 

The World Music Ensemble led by Ghanaian drummer Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng performing the piece "In The Morning" composed by the Bee Gees.

Norwegian Folk Tune"

 

The World Music Ensemble led by Ghanaian drummer Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng performing an interpretation of a traditional Norwegian folk tune.

Inner Konkoda

 

The World Music Ensemble led by Ghanaian drummer Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng performing his original composition "Inner Konkoda."

Additional Music Making Opportunities

Students may choose to join one of the department's many performing groups
Students seeking to improve their playing or singing ability have the option of taking individual private lessons with about thirty professional musicians from the greater Boston-Providence area.