The Slyboots School of Music, Art & Dance and the Buffalo World Music and Dance Academy presents:
Griffin Brady and the Saakumu Dance Troupe of Ghana, West Africa
LAST SHOW of the 2017/2018 tour!!
Saturday, April 21, 2018
500 Seneca St
Doors at 5:30pm
Show at 6:00pm
Open to the public
$10 suggested donation
Ages 12+under are free
Featuring Authentic African drumming and Dancing as well as a full African Market with hand made clothes, fabrics, artwork and instruments!
SAAKUMU is wrapping up their 11th annual international tour with the Slyboots School since 2008, making this season the 10 year anniversary!! Come wish them a fond farewell as they prepare to fly home to Ghana and together we will celebrate 10 years of sharing this brilliant cultural experience with the world.
The SAAKUMU Dance Troupe of Ghana, West Africa is dedicated to introducing audiences to traditional and contemporary African dance and music. Saakumu means traditions, and as the name implies, the company derived its repertoire from a variety of both traditional and contemporary cultures with creativity. We are an artist-founded association driven by a passion for bringing innovative dances and world music to our audiences. In addition to collaborating with artists and presenters of all kinds, we are committed to building new audiences via performances.
The award winning Saakumu Dance Troupe is one of the leading traditional/contemporary dance and music group in Ghana, West Africa. Directed by master musician, Bernard Woma, the group repertoire includes a range of spiritual, ceremonial, recreational genres to contemporary African dance forms. Their music and dance is joyful, expressive and highly participatory.
Based in Medie, Accra, the Saakumu Dance Troupe has performed at important governmental functions, national and international music and dance festivals throughout Ghana and West Africa. The SDA is the designated official performing group at this year’s National Festival of Art and Culture, (NAFAC) the largest cultural festival in Ghana.
Saakumu and Slyboots have helped exposed an estimated 40,000 students to cultural arts programming EVERY year since 2008!
A vast majority of these students are engaged while touring to colleges, universities, schools and clubs across the US including:
Indiana University – Bloomington, IN
SUNY Fredonia- Fredonia, NY
University of Buffalo – Buffalo, NY
Goddard College – Plainfield, VT
Canisius College- Buffalo, NY
SUNY Buffalo- Buffalo, NY
Villa Maria College- Buffalo, NY
Daemen College- Buffalo, NY
University at Tennessee – Knoxville, TN
NYU- Manhattan, NY
Hamlin University- St Paul, MN
Gustavus Adolphus- St Peter, MN
Concordia College- Moorehead, MN
Alfred University- Alfred, NY
Berklee College of Music- Boston, MA
Colorado State University – Fort Collins, CO
Fort Lewis College- Durango, CO
Adams State College- Alamosa, CO
North Carolina University
Akron University- Akron, OH
Babson College- Boston, MA
Northern Michigan University – Marquette, MI
RIT – Rochester, NY
Eastman School of Music- Rochester, NY
…and many more.
Griffin James Brady, has a Master of Arts degree from Goddard College with a focus in Ethnomusicology and Music Pedagogy. His masters thesis and adjoining musical method books were inspired by his work as a touring musician and educator with groups such as the SAAKUMU Dance Troupe of Ghana, West Africa. Upon founding the Slyboots School of Music, Art & Dance in Buffalo, NY in 2006, Griffin has been teaching and performing in over 800 Universities, Colleges, High Schools, Elementary Schools and clubs across the United States promoting the Slyboots mission- “positive social change through cultural arts education and performance. Bringing the world together, on the sly.” In addition to his touring efforts, Griffin also works as a teaching artist in WNY schools, has been a featured speaker at various panel discussions and events including the Ted X Buffalo conference and he also organizes and implements a study abroad program that has brought WNY students to Africa nearly every summer since 2010. Griffin is also widely known for the community events that he produces including weekly drum and dance classes and the annual multi-day music, art and dance festival– SLYFEST– as well as his audio production work in association with Ripe Audio at Nights Of Fire, Bidwell Park, Larkin Square and Buffalo Ironworks.
In addition to performing and directing the resident ensembles at the Slyboots School; The Slyboots Circus & The Slyboots Drumming Ensemble– Griffin has performed, recorded and sat in with a wide range of artists such as; Bernard Woma and the Saakumu Dance Troupe, Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don, Cyro Baptista, Brian Marsalis, Billy Martin and the UB Percussion Ensemble, Northern Choral Society featuring the Malawi Youth Choir, DJ Logic, Bernard Purdie, Critt’s Juke Joint, Surprise me Mr. Davis with Marco Benevento, The Slip and Nathan Moore, One World Tribe, The Manhattan Project, Toubab Krewe, The Mike Dillon Band, Saranaide, The MK Groove Trio, Sophistafunk, Babik, 12/8 Pathband, Family Funktion and the Sitar Jams, Buffalo Afrobeat Orchestra, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Funktional Flow, The Jony James Blues Band, Brownman, Folkfaces, RiShon Odell Northington, Type Relevant, Effective Resolution, Larry LZ Dillon, Andrew Moore, Mike Sisto, Tiger Chung Lee, Cinnamon Aluminum, Caveman, Ramforinkus, The Joseph Glarner Jazz Band, Dennis Cicak, Subsoil, House on a Spring, Dali’s Ghost, Slip Madigan, Universe Shark, Adam Bronstein’s Freehand Band, The Buddhahood, Randle and the Late Night Scandals, Little Mountain Band, Working Man’s Dead, Dead Alliance Buffalo, Black and Blues Band, Lake View Effect, New Clear Fusion, One Love Marley Project, Brian DeAngelo Ensemble, Michael King Project, John McConnell, The Garafolo Brothers, FJE, Big Sauce Trio, Made in America, Blue Saturn and more.
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