URBANA – A master drummer and high priest from Ghana will perform as part of the "Rhythms & Dances of Africa" event from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U.
Midawo Gideon F. Alorwoyie and the Afrikania Cultural Troupe of Ghana will present Ewe drum and dance styles. Alorwoyie, now a professor of music at the University of North Texas, is one of the leading traditional drummers of the Ewe style.
At the University of North Texas, Alorwoyie is an associate professor of music and the principal dancer/choreographer and director of the UNT African Percussion Ensemble. He is the founder and artistic director of the Afrikania Cultural Troupe of Ghana and the Chicago-based African-American Unity Ensemble.
Alorwoyie is from the Anlo-Ewe region of coastal Ghana, where the people's complex drum styles and folklore document their history to pre-colonial times. As a master drummer for many Habobo, or drum and dance societies, and as a Midawo, or high priest of the Ewe cult, a traditional society, he is recognized as one of Ghana's foremost virtuosos of traditional music and dance.
He has visited Champaign-Urbana before, mainly to work with members of the Adzido Drum Club.
Admission to the event at the Spurlock Museum is free, but donations are welcome. The event is sponsored by the Spurlock Museum, the University of Illinois Center for African Studies, UI Center for Global Studies and the Illinois Arts Council.