Soundwaves Music Series: The Music of West Africa with Jordan Benissan


May 20, 2017
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Jordan Messan Benissan, a professor at Colby College, is a member of the Ewe People. He was introduced to music and dance at an early age through ceremonies and rituals. He received his traditional music training from several West African master drummers. In the May entry in the library’s Soundwaves Music Series, Jordan will lead listeners through a musical tour of West Africa.

Jordan’s most recent CD, “Let Me Play My Music,” was nominated for Best World Music Album by Phoenix Magazine, and was featured on NPR’s “All Songs Considered”. His previous CD, “Beautiful Music from West Africa” had received the same treatment, and was nominated for the same honor. Some of his performances include an opening show for the West African drummer Babatunde Olatunji, a performance for a national NAACP Conference and performances for the Mayo Clinic’s Multicultural Program. Benissan has performed traditional African drumming and Highlife music with master drummer Obo Addy at Colby College, and with the Portland Symphony orchestra. The event will take place on Saturday, May 20 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the library’s Community Room.

 

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