Sights and Sounds: Fafali at Brandeis

fafali drummers performingPhotos/Mike Lovett

The pop of drumbeats, snap of rattles and clang of bells filled the Mandel Center for the Humanities atrium during Fafali: Music and Dance from Ghana, a performing arts event put on by the music department on Oct. 25.

With help from Fafali director Ben Paulding and his students, Brandeis community members got to learn proper Ghanaian drumming technique and participate in a short musical performance.

Paulding’s course is part of experiential learning at Brandeis. Students in the course study and perform a repertory of traditional music and dance of a variety of ethnic traditions from Ghana. The drum ensemble includes bells, rattles and drums and the vocal music features call-and-response singing in local languages. The dances have choreographic formations and are intertwined with the drumbeats.

View a slideshow of photos compiled by Brandeis University photographer Mike Lovett or listen to a sample of audio from the event, which was also hosted by the Mandel Center for the Humanities.

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