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Linfield presents Ghanaian Ewe music and rituals

Ghana musicThe Linfield College Music Department will present a lecture and demonstration of Ghanaian Ewe religious and ceremonial music and rituals Saturday, March 12, at 4 p.m. in Delkin Recital Hall in the Bull Music Center at Linfield.

The program, “Ghanaian Ewe Music, Culture and Cosmology,” includes a tribute to Larry Marsh, professor emeritus of music. In addition to the lecture, the presenters will also perform music and show fieldwork footage.

Presenters include Barry Bilderback, assistant professor of music history and ethnomusicology at the University of Idaho. Bilderback graduated from the University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music. He served as adjunct professor at Linfield from 2001 to 2008, and he led a group of Linfield students to Ghana in January 2007.

In addition to Bilderback, other presenters include Hunor Gatukpe Dogah, Nii Ardey Attoleh and Alexander Agordoh. Dogah is high priest, healer and master-drummer from Kpeve Village, Volta Region, Ghana. Attoleh, founder and leader of “Kaagba Ohenaa,” owns and runs Anansi Beat, a Ghanaian music and culture shop located in Portland. Agordoh, author of “West African Music, an Introduction,” has taught at institutes of higher education throughout Ghana and Nigeria. He also served as a graduate fellow at the University of Ghana and was the chancellor of secondary education in Volta Region.

The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Music Department and the Department of International Programs. For more information call 503-883-2275 or email droot@linfield.edu.