Birch Grove School for the Arts partnered with Minnesota Public Radio’s Artists-in-Residence program to bring in the Titambe West African Dance Ensemble of Minnesota on April 12. The 10-member ensemble often splits into smaller groups for school performances, and three members of the group spent the afternoon performing for Birch Grove students and sharing information about their Ghanaian culture.
Christian Adeti, the artistic director, said their group has been active in the Twin Cities community for 23 years, not only with school residency programs but also community festivals and corporate events. Other performers included Mawuli Sokpor, master drummer, and Innocent Houndjor, dancer and musician.
The group introduced their instruments in both English and Ghanaian, explained their use in Ghanaian culture, and got all students up and dancing during their lively performance.