The SAAKUMU Dance Troupe of Ghana, West Africa is dedicated to introducing audiences to traditional and contemporary African dance and music.
Saakumu means traditions, and as the name implies, the company derived its repertoire from a variety of both traditional and contemporary cultures with creativity. We are an artist-founded association driven by a passion for bringing innovative dances and world music to our audiences. In addition to collaborating with artists and presenters of all kinds, we are committed to building new audiences via performances.
The award winning Saakumu Dance Troupe is one of the leading traditional/contemporary dance and music group in Ghana, West Africa. Created by master musician, Bernard Woma, the group repertoire includes a range of spiritual, ceremonial, recreational genres to contemporary African dance forms. Their music and dance is joyful, expressive and highly participatory.
Based in Medie, Accra, the Saakumu Dance Troupe has performed at important governmental functions, national and international music and dance festivals throughout Ghana and West Africa. The SDA is the designated official performing group at this year’s National Festival of Art and Culture, (NAFAC) the largest cultural festival in Ghana.
Saakumu and Slyboots have helped to expose an estimated 40,000 students to cultural arts programming EACH YEAR in 11 consecutive international tours since 2008!
A vast majority of these students are engaged while touring to colleges, universities, schools and clubs across the US including:
Indiana University – Bloomington, IN
SUNY Fredonia- Fredonia, NY
University of Buffalo – Buffalo, NY
Goddard College – Plainfield, VT
Canisius College- Buffalo, NY
SUNY Buffalo- Buffalo, NY
Villa Maria College- Buffalo, NY
Daemen College- Buffalo, NY
University at Tennessee – Knoxville, TN
NYU- Manhattan, NY
Hamlin University- St Paul, MN
Gustavus Adolphus- St Peter, MN
Concordia College- Moorehead, MN
Alfred University- Alfred, NY
Berklee College of Music- Boston, MA
Colorado State University – Fort Collins, CO
Fort Lewis College- Durango, CO
Adams State College- Alamosa, CO
North Carolina University
Akron University- Akron, OH
Babson College- Boston, MA
Northern Michigan University – Marquette, MI
RIT – Rochester, NY
Eastman School of Music- Rochester, NY
…and many more.
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