West African dance troupe to perform

ANGOLA, Ind. – Visitors will be treated to traditional and contemporary African music and dance when they attend a presentation by the Saakumu Dance Troupe at Trine University.

Led by master musician Bernard Woma, the group's repertoire spans genres from spiritual, ceremonial and recreational to contemporary African dance forms. Based in Ghana, West Africa, the group's music and dance is described as joyful, expressive and participatory.

Saakuma Dance Troupe is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in Fabiani Theatre in Trine's Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center. Admission is free.

Woma has shared the performance stage with renowned artists such as Maya Angelou, Yo Yo Ma and Glen Velez. Last year he was honored as the cultural resource person for President Barack Obama's family when they visited Ghana. Woma has also performed for international dignitaries and presidents such as U. S. president Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II.

The troupe's visit is sponsored by Multicultural Student Organization and cosponsored by Trine's Alpha Sigma Tau, the Student Education Association and the American Marketing Association, and Walmart.