African Drum & Dance Ensemble
Founded in January of 2006, the mission of the TCC African Drum and Dance Ensemble is to learn, share, and explore aspects of Sub-Saharan African and African Diaspora music, dance and culture with the TCC community, Tallahassee, and the world at large.
The ensemble is directed by Lisa Beckley-Roberts and Kermit Harrison, with Akinlana Lowman serving as the ensemble’s second lead drummer to date. The group’s repertoire includes music and dance from Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Guinea, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, the Caribbean, and The United States. The ensemble sings, plays djembe, dundun, bells, shekere, kalimba, kidi, kaganu, amadinda, akogo, ngoma, kalimba, and a host of other instruments.
Since the ensemble's humble beginnings, with 10 members, the group has grown to an organization with a credit course (MUN2830) component with 22 registered students. An additional 20 students volunteer to participate in the performing ensemble and rehearse for an additional 2-4 hours every week. Members of the ensemble vary in experience from those who began at the start of this semester to seasoned performers of varying styles with over 20 years of performance experience. The ensemble is open to faculty, staff and students at TCC, as well as the larger Tallahassee community. The group welcomes anyone interested in furthering the ensemble's mission and the mission of TCC, regardless of age, race, religion or creed.
For more information e-mail Lisa Beckley-Roberts, Associate Professor of Humanities/Music, or contact her at (850) 201-9604.