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Date: November 1, 2005
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, Nov. 10

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The World Arts Festival of Montgomery College will bring the sights and sounds of Africa to life in a concert with Farafina Kan on Thursday, November 10, at 8 p.m.  This group of drummers and dancers blends traditional sound, creative funk and sheer energy to create a unique musical experience for the entire family.  The concert will take place in the Music Recital Hall on the College’s Rockville Campus, which is located in the Music Building, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.  The concert is free and open to the public.

 

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 dance and drums since childhood.  The group’s name literally translates to the sound of Africa.  Farafina Kan members are: Mahiri Keita Edwards, Amadou Kouyate, Nkenge Cunningham, Menes Yahudah, Kofi Akoto, Lesina Martin, Jabar Smith, Fofie Akoto, Jabari Exum, Bintou Kouyate, and Diallo Sumbry.   

 

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, the College’s Women’s Studies Department and Dance Department.

 

For additional information about the concert or future World Arts Festival events, contact the Rockville Campus Music Department at 301-279-5209 or log on to: www.montgomerycollege.edu/departments/musicrv.

 

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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 more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

 

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