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25.02.2007 General News

Legon Students To Hold African Folk Festival

By myjoyonline
Legon Students To Hold African Folk Festival

THE Legon Archaeology Students Association (LASA) of the University of Ghana will on Saturday, March 31, hold the first ever African Folk Music Festival to celebrate the African culture and tradition which is being held as part of the annual Hall Week celebration.

The festival will bring under one umbrella, indigenous African folk music and dance performers from different cultural backgrounds to share in their music and experiences on a common platform.

It also seeks to draw together people from different cultures to share in the songs,dances,tunes and verses of folk music that have surged through the generations.

Some of the best performers of indigenous music and dance Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali and Togo are expected to stage some of their unique performance.

It is expected that the successful organisation of the first AFMUFEST would initiate the celebration of the festival as an annual event in the country.

Themed: "Packaging Culture for National Development", the President of LASA, Aba Mansah Eyifa said the celebration of the folk music would enhance the packaging of indigenous music and dance as products for tourism.

She noted that one of the objectives for the festival is to promote and deepen understanding of Africa's rich culture through music and dance.

"African folk music festival is not for the old people only. It is for children, teenagers, the youth,young adults and old adults," she pointed out.

She appealed to all to support the festival through sponsorship.

Dr. Gavua, Head of the Acheology Department said many people just observe what performers do without understanding it and noted that there is meaning to all those performances.

He urged all to be part of the celebration for it to be a success.