Percussion & Dance Explosion!
Ugandan Master Drummer/Dancer Samuel Bakkabulindi
Damascus Kafumbe and Christal Brown of the Middlebury College Music and Dance Departments
Bring Any Percussion Instrument! Come Ready to Play and Dance!
Free-all are welcome
McCullough Social Space, Saturday, January 12, 8:00 pm
2 Presentations by Ugandan Master Drummer/Dancer
“Sound, Movement, and Ethnicity in Uganda”
Tuesday, January 15, 4:30 pm
Room 221, Mahaney Center for the Arts
Doing it the Ugandan Way!
Friday, January 18, 4:30 pm
Dance Theater, Mahaney Center for the Arts
These activities will be sponsored by the Department of Music, African Studies Program, Dance Program, the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, the Office of the Dean of the College, the Academic Enrichment Fund, and the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.
Middlebury is excited to host the Ugandan master drummer/dancer Samuel Bakkabulindi for a four-week residency during Winter Term 2012. In addition to tuning the Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble drums, Bakkabulindi will give a lecture entitled “Sound, Movement, and Ethnicity in Uganda,” conduct drum/dance workshop entitled “Doing it the Ugandan Way!,” perform with the Martin Luther King Spiritual Choir, and lead an interactive performance and dance performance entitled “Percussion & Dance Explosion!,” which will feature Damascus Kafumbe and Christal Brown of the music and dance departments. Bakkabulindi will also work with students in the Introduction to Field and Laboratory Techniques in Ethnomusicology course, a collaboration that will allow the students to write his music biography. These activities will be sponsored by the Departments of Music, Theatre and Dance, and African Studies, the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, the Office of the Dean of the College, the Academic Enrichment Fund, and the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.
Bakkabulindi is the founder and director of the Nanda Music Cultural Organization in Uganda. Besides being a master percussionist, dancer, and drum technician knowledgeable in various East African and West African musical traditions, Bakkabulindi is a song writer, music teacher, and research assistant. He has worked with numerous organizations and performing groups all over Africa, Europe, the United States of America, and the Middle East. His works and talents have been featured on various music albums and films released by major record labels and production companies including Caprice Records, WOMAD Select Label, Multicultural Media, and Distant Object Productions. Bakkabulindi's most recent solo albums include The Heart Beat (2009) and Talk to the World (2010).