This year, the World in Wolfville annual spring drum show will feature two of Nova Scotiaâ€™s finest African music groups, FOLA and KOJO, along with hand-drum duo Ken Shorley and Denis Martin. And, Kenâ€™s 28-member World Rhythm and Drumming class from Acadia U will be there as a special opening act!
KOJO is a traditional Sudanese thumb piano band based in Halifax. The group was originally formed in 1996 when a number of refugees from southern Sudan settled in Canada. Kojo translates from the original Didinga as â€œre-birthâ€ or â€œnew cropâ€ and was a way to preserve the spirit of their culture.
FOLA is an exciting Halifax-based drumming group, known for its high energy performances, who perform the intricate and groove-heavy Malinke rhythms of Guinea in West Africa. The members of the band have all studied these
powerful traditional rhythms with master musicians, including the famed djembe player, Famadou KonatÃ©.
KEN SHORLEY is a percussionist and composer who specializes in hand drumming from the Middle East. He performs as a soloist, an accompanist, and with the world fusion group, Talambra. As well, Ken teaches rhythm, world drumming and gamelan at Acadia University.
DENIS MARTINÂ is a versatile, dynamic percussionist who is comfortable in many settings, from solo marimba and chamber music to orchestral percussion and Indonesian gamelan.
It will be an exciting night of grooves, and we hope youâ€™ll be able to join us!Tickets are available online or from THE ODD BOOK on Front St, Wolfville.
Friday, April 23rd, 8pm Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main St, Wolfville
$15 advance, $20 at the door For tickets and info: http://www.worldinwolfville.com