WARE logo imageWest African Rhythm Ensemble (WARE)

Directed by Kathy Armstrong

This ensemble gives students an opportunity to develop a wide range of performance skills as well as an understanding of aspects of African culture through the study and performance of West African singing, dancing and drumming (primarily Ghanaian). Students learn and perform repertoire using traditional instruments from Ghana. They develop a strong sense of individual pulse while playing polyrhythmic music. Emphasis is on learning aurally and using non-verbal communication in an ensemble setting. The group performs on campus once each term and occasionally offers performances in the community.

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The ensemble is non-auditioned, all welcome.

The start date of WARE will be announced later in the summer.

Contact Director Kathy.armstrong@carleton.ca

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“Gahu, eh!”  A Distinctly Canadian Presentation of Ghanaian Drumming, Singing and Dance held on Friday November 23, 2012, in the Kailash Mital Theatrefeaturing Carleton University Music Department’s West African Rhythm Ensemble and the Baobab Youth Performers, both under the direction of Kathy Armstrong.  This performance is the culmination of an artist residency program featuring the vibrant and magnetic performance of Ghanaian musician and dancer Nani Agbeli.

Video excerpts of the performance are available below the photos.
[Photos by Lyndon Goveas. Videos by Chris Thompson.]

photo from WARE concert November 2012

photo from WARE concert November 2012

photo from WARE concert November 2012

photo from WARE concert November 2012

photo from WARE concert November 2012

photo from WARE concert November 2012