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Concert to showcase African music and dance

ATHENS, Ohio (March 4, 2005) -- Rhythms of Africa will fill Ohio University's Kantner Hall this April as dancers and musicians celebrate the continent's many cultures in a performance entitled "Creole Africaine." Performances will be Saturday, April 2, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Elizabeth Baker Theater.

"Creole Africaine: Celebrating the Many Cultures of Africa" is the second annual concert of African dance and music presented by Ohio University's School of Dance in collaboration with the African Studies Program, African-American Studies, the Center for International Studies and West Virginia University World Music Center. The concert will be directed by dance professor Zelma Badu-Younge and will feature guest artist Paschal Yao Younge and the West Virginia University African Ensemble and Steel Band along with the Ohio University African Ensemble.

Tickets for "Creole Africaine: Celebrating the Many Cultures of Africa" are $10 for general admission and $8 for students. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Ticket Office in Kantner Hall, Room 103, Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. To reserve tickets by phone, call (740) 593-4800.

The African dance and music concert will feature traditional and contemporary dancing, drumming and singing from West Africa, North Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean.

"This year's production, celebrating the rich cultures of Africa and performed by a diverse group of Ohio University and West Virginia University students and faculty, and community youths, promises to be a rewarding and lasting experience," says Badu-Younge. An eclectic celebration of African cultural arts, this concert will introduce students, faculty and community members to the artistic beauty of Africa and the African Diaspora.

An African drumming and dance workshop will be offered on Sunday, April 3, 2005 from 10 a.m. to noon in Nelson Hall (Nelson Down Under). The workshop is free and open to the public.

Zelma Badu-Younge studied dance in Canada and her research has taken her to West Africa where she studied the music and dances of Ghana. She has taught, performed, studied and choreographed in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, South Korea, Cuba and Ghana.

Paschal Yao Younge directs the World Music Center, African Music Studies and African Drumming and Dance Ensemble at West Virginia University where he is an associate professor of music. Born and raised in Ghana, Younge taught and directed music ensembles at the University of Ghana before coming to West Virginia University. He has taught and performed throughout the United States and Canada, England, Cuba, Spain, France, Kenya, Ghana, Hong Kong, South Korea, Togo, Cote d'Ivoire and Taiwan.

Creole Africaine is sponsored by the Office of the President, Office for University Diversity, Residence Life, African American Studies, Multicultural Programs and the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of Athens.

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Media Contacts: Assistant Professor of Dance Zelma Badu-Younge (740) 593-1852 or badu-you@ohio.edu

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