Had a blast performing with the ZUMIX Youth African Drumming Ensemble at Fenway Park this past Saturday. We were invited by Northeastern University to perform as part of their annual Family Day.
ZUMIX’s unique approach to youth development is evident in its Mission: Empowered youth who use music to make strong positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world. With kids like these, is it any wonder that ZUMIX won a 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the White House?
Dressed in traditional African garb, the ZUMIX African Drumming Ensemble performs ‘Gahu,’ a style of music from Ghana, for the crowd gathered at Fenway Park.
Danny playing the totodzi drum on ‘Agbekor,’ a traditional drumming style from the Ewe people of Ghana, West Africa.
ThisWorldMusic Founder/Director and ZUMIX African Drumming Instructor Jeremy Cohen (right) accompanying the group on the gankogui, a traditional two tone iron bell from West Africa.
Great shot with Fenway concession stand in background. Whether they know it or not, these kids are at the forefront of world music education.
From L to R: gankogui bell, kagan drum, totodzi drum, axatse African gourd rattle.
Victorious after the show!
Want to hear what they sound like? You can watch a video of the African Drumming Ensemble performing at the Winter 2011 ZUMIX showcase at our videos page.