On Monday, February 10, drum and dance troupe Womba Africa from Ghana shared their talents with Elementary School students as part of Black History Month. The group's founder, Fredrick Quaye Odai, showed the students a map of Ghana and its position on the west coast of Africa.
"Africa is a big continent," said Odia. "Every region has different instruments and traditions."
He then showed the students a traditional drum of Ghana, the kpanlogo. "It is very similar to drums in Latin America. That is because of the slave trade. Our traditions became part of that culture when our people were taken across the ocean in the slave trade."
The group performed several pieces of music, then dancer and choreographer Nii Tetteh Quarshie invited students and staff to dance. Students also had the opportunity to play instruments and am with Womba Africa.