Monday, February 21, 2011

Michigan Tech to celebrate African Culture Feb. 21-26

During the African Night 2010 performance, members of the audience respond to Hayor Bibimma's invitation to join them in a dance on stage at the Rozsa Center. This year's African Night will again include a visiting dance group -- the Adinkra Music and Dance Ensemble, who trace their roots to Ghana. (File photo by Keweenaw Now)*

HOUGHTON -- Black Heritage Month continues at Michigan Tech University with African Culture Week, Feb. 21-26, exploring several countries / regions of Africa. The week concludes on Saturday, Feb. 26, with African Night: Road Trip Across Africa, featuring an African dinner, followed by a performance by students and special guests -- the Adinkra Music and Dance Ensemble, who trace their roots to Ghana.

Monday, Feb. 21: Southern Africa: Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony. Part 1 of this film will be shown at 6 p.m. in ChemSci 101.

Tuesday, Feb. 22: Kenya: "Focus on Kenya," a look at Kenyans who are making a difference at home and around the globe, at 6 p.m. in ChemSci 101.

Wednesday, Feb. 23: Southern Africa: Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony. Part 2 of this film will be shown at 6 p.m. in ChemSci 101.

Thursday, Feb. 24: Liberia: "14 Years of Civil War," a presentation by a Liberian student on the history of the Liberian civil war and the short and long term impacts, at 6 p.m. in ChemSci 101.

The above events in ChemSci 101 are free.

Saturday, Feb. 26: African Night: Road Trip Across Africa will include dinner and a performance. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Board (MUB) Commons, and the performance will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts.

During this event, students from various African countries provide the audience with an exhilarating display of some of the dance routines from their countries. Food prepared using recipes from certain African countries is served before the main event. The road-trip themed performance by the students will bring to stage the cultural heritage of the various African countries represented on Michigan Tech’s campus in a night of enlightening entertainment. This year’s special guest performers are the Adinkra Music and Dance Ensemble, who trace their roots to Ghana.

The cost for the general public, including both dinner and performance, is $15; for Michigan Tech students it is $10, and children under 5 are free.

Tickets are available through Michigan Tech Ticketing Operations at 906-487-3200, the Rozsa Box Office, the S.D.C. or online at tickets.mtu.edu.

*Editor's Note: See our slide show of African Night 2010 for more photos.

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