The Biakuye Percussion Group shared a bit of African musical history with the blue water community Thursday, Feb. 21.
The group performed in SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre from 12 to 1 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m., free of charge.
The concert featured traditional African songs, dance, and creative interpretations.
Mark Stone played the Kalimba and the Gyil xylophone, Sulley Imoro danced, played the Lunna talking drum and sang and Sawande Keita played the Djembe and Kpanlogo drum.
The Biakuye Percussion Group’s music can be streamed online at allmusic.com.
The first performance was part of SC4’s Thursday at Noon Concert Series. The series features musical performances to the community during the fall and winter semesters. Performances are free of charge and open to the public, with the exception of a holiday special in December.
The second performance was sponsored by SC4’s Global Diversity Advisory Council.
According to Karen Jezewski, Secretary for the Visual and Performing Arts, and Celeste Skalnek, Humanities Executive Coordinator, 240 people attended the first concert, and another 60 people attended the evening performance.
SC4 student Alonna Mertz heard about the percussion group by word of mouth that day, and attended the night performance.
“Although I was only in the audience, I was delighted to be a part of the concert,” said Mertz. “They invited us all to join in dances that have been performed for centuries and explained the background on their instruments and songs. The musicians were passionate teachers as well as artists.”
The next performance in the noon series will be on March 28 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre featuring classical music by the Faculty String Trip from Grand Valley State University.