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October 9th, 2013

African drum performance in the Great Room

Maxwell Kofi Donkor, leader of Kofi and Sankofa Drum and Dance Ensemble. The group will be performing in the Great Room on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange at 7 p.m. on October 18, 2013.

NEWBURGH - On Friday, October 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., Kofi and Sankofa Drum and Dance Ensemble will give an electrifying performance of African drumming, dancing, and song in the Great Room on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange.

Sankofa, which means "going back to the roots" in the Twi language of Ghana, demonstrates and promotes the ancestral values of personal and community awareness through the arts. Energetic and empowering drumming, dance, and chanting serve as a spiritual release as well as a celebration of diversity and empowerment of individual self-image and community building and teamwork.

Sankofa Ensemble is made of drummers and dancers led by Kofi, an Asante prince from Ghana, and Yacin, a Wollof princess from Senegal. The Ensemble has performed and taught at over 800 residencies across the country and abroad including the 2006 UN Water Conference in Mexico City, Mexico and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Folk Festival in Allentown, Pa.

Come be energized and uplifted by authentic West African drumming and dance techniques. Learn about their history and cultural origins through the stories Kofi will tell and the sculptures he will exhibit. Tickets will be available at the door.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets in Newburgh.

For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-9386;;

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