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Ugandan Master Drummer and Dancer Samuel Bakkabulindi to Perform at Middlebury in January

December 18, 2012

Four-week Residency Includes Concerts, Workshops, Lecture, and Student Work

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Middlebury, VT—The Middlebury College Department of Music welcomes Ugandan master drummer and dancer Samuel Bakkabulindi for a four-week residency during Winter Term 2013. His visit will include public performances, workshops, a lecture, and intensive work with Middlebury College music students.

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 also a song writer, music teacher, and research assistant. He has worked with numerous organizations and performing groups all over Africa, Europe, the U. S., 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. His most recent solo albums include The Heart Beat (2009) and Talk to the World (2010).

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Bakkabulindi’s visit to Middlebury starts with the careful work of tuning the drums used by the Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble. Later he will work with students enrolled in the course Introduction to Field and Laboratory Techniques in Ethnomusicology, a collaboration that will allow the students to write Bakkabulindi’s music biography. Ethnomusicology is the study of social and cultural aspects of music and dance in local and global contexts.

Bakkabulindi will participate in four public events during his time on campus. First, he will give an interactive performance called “Percussion and Dance Explosion!” on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. in McCullough Social Space. This performance will also feature ethnomusicologist and Assistant Professor of Music Damascus Kafumbe, and Assistant Professor of Dance Christal Brown. Attendees are encouraged to bring a drum, or come ready to dance in the party atmosphere of the evening. Next, Bakkabulindi will give a lecture entitled “Sound, Movement, and Ethnicity in Uganda,” on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at 4:30 p.m., in the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221. The third event is a Ugandan music and dance workshop called “Doing it the Ugandan Way!” on Friday, January 18, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre. Finally, Bakkabulindi will perform with the Martin Luther King Spiritual Choir as part of the 15th annual celebration “Let Freedom Ring!” on Monday, January 21, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. in Mead Memorial Chapel. All of the public events are free and open to the public.

These activities are sponsored by the Department of Music, Dance Program, African Studies Program, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, Office of the Dean of the College, Academic Enrichment Fund, and the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.

Directions to the various locations of Bakkabulindi’s public events—McCullough, the Mahaney Center for the Arts, and Mead Memorial Chapel, can be found on the Middlebury College website at http://www.middlebury.edu/about/campus. Ample free parking is available at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, located at 72 Porter Field Road, off Route 30 South in Middlebury. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.