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Date: January 18, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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African Drumming and Dance Ensemble to Perform at Montgomery College
Farafina Kan: The Sound of Africa in Concert, Feb. 5

EDITORS: For high-resolution images to accompany this release, click on these links: farafina1.jpg and farafina2.jpg.

The World Arts Festival of Montgomery College will bring the sights and sounds of Africa to life in a concert with Farafina Kan on Monday, February 5, at 8 p.m. Just back from New Guinea, this group of drummers and dancers will perform a multimedia event of traditional and contemporary West African music and dance.

Farafina Kan is a professional performing arts company dedicated to maintaining the history and integrity of traditional African drumming and dancing. Members have been learning and performing traditional African dances and songs since childhood. The group’s name literally translates to the sound of Africa. Farafina Kan members are: Mahiri-Fadjimba Keita, Diallo Sumbry, Menes Yahudah, Malari Moore, Kori Dankwa Akoto, Nkenge Cunningham, Fofie Akoto, Lesina Martin, Jabari Exum, Amadou Kouyate, Bintou Kouyate, and Jabar Smith.

The World Arts Festival events are sponsored and funded by the Montgomery College Music Department, the Montgomery College Arts Institute, The Webber Family Foundation, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Office of Equity and Diversity at Montgomery College, and the College’s Women’s Studies and Dance Departments.

The concert will take place in the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center on the College’s Rockville Campus, located at 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md. Tickets for the concert cost $20 and will benefit the Music Department’s student scholarship fund. To purchase concert tickets in advance, call the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center’s Box Office at 301-279-5301.

For additional information about the concert or future World Arts Festival events, contact the Dawn Avery, professor of music, at 301-279-5035 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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