Music of West Africa


UCLA Music of West Africa Ensemble

Music of West Africa

Course Details:
ETHNMUS 91 and 161E
Note: listed in the schedule as the Music and Dance of Ghana Ensemble

Co-director: Francis Awe
Co-director: Teresia Awe (Omowale Orisayomi)

The Music of West Africa Ensemble performs the music and dances of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. The course concentrates on the main components of African music: drum patterns, songs, and dances. The ensemble produces complex polyphonic textures on a variety of drums, bells, and rattles to accompany dramatic and entertaining social dances.

For information about course enrollment, go to the CCLE course website or contact instructor Francis Awe.