Singing and dancing to drum beats that reverberate through hallways is a sign that something special is happening at school. That was the scene recently at FAIR School Pilgrim Lane in Plymouth.
The Titambe West African Drum and Dance Ensemble completed a week-long residency at the school last week, which culminated in a day of performances by students for their classmates, families and school staff. See photos from the fourth- and fifth-grade performance.
“It was a really exciting experience,” said Amber Madsen, whose daughter Abigail participated in the fourth grade performance. “These kinds of hands-on experiences are so enjoyable for students, but also fun for parents.”
FAIR Pilgrim music teacher Janine Gagnon helped facilitate the week-long learning experience, which offered a glimpse into the rich diversity and culture of West African drumming, dance, and music.
“Every chance we have to get an authentic person from another culture to share their music with us is such a valuable experience for our kids,” Gagnon said.
Christian Adeti, the artistic director and choreographer for the Titambe West African Drum and Dance Ensemble, is from Ghana, and moved to the United States when he was six years old. He said the group’s goal is to bring people together.
“This is about learning about different cultures so it can be a part of them as they grow up,” Adeti said.