Cultural Events on SCC's Campus April 16 + 17Somerset Community College and the Watershed Arts Alliance are teaming up to bring two unique cultural events to the SCC campus Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17. Both events are free and open to the public.
Afrikania Cultural Troupe April 16
On Thursday, April 16, the Afrikania Cultural Troupe will be performing at 7 p.m. in the SCC Harold Rogers Student Commons Community Room, located on the SCC Somerset North Campus, 808 Monticello Street, Somerset. The event is free and open to the public.
The Afrikania Cultural Troupe is based in Anlo Afiadenyegba and features Togbui Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie, a chief master drummer. Formed in 1999 under the leadership of Albert Alaska Azameti, the group is fully dedicated to the preservation of ritual music and dance as well as the general culture of Ewe, Anlo speaking people of Ghana.
Under the coordination of George Dzikunu, an accomplished performer and former director of Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble, a group based in the UK, Afrikania Cultural Troupe has held diverse workshops and training programmes in traditional music and dance for foreign students and teachers from several countries.
Four Shillings Short April 17
On Friday, April 17, the Celtic duo of Four Shillings Short will be performing in the SCC Stoner Little Theater at 7 p.m. The theater is located in Stoner Hall on the SCC Somerset North Campus, 808 Monticello Street, Somerset. The event is free and open to the public.
The Celtic, Folk and World music duo Four Shillings Short have been touring in the U.S. and Ireland since 1997 performing a variety of traditional, original and contemporary music on over 20 instruments. The international duo "is nothing short of musical excellence encompassing an eclectic array of world music. They have carved out a musical identity all their own." (River Stages, Dubuque IA)
With over a decade of touring under their belts, the husband and wife duo of Aodh Og O'Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Californian Christy Martin live as full time minstrels in their Dodge Caravan loaded with an ever increasing array of musical instruments including hammered dulcimer, mandolins, Renaissance woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, recorders, tinwhistles, banjo, guitar, percussion and even a bowed psaltry.
In a single event, Four Shillings Short perform Traditional Irish and Scottish songs, tunes and airs, Indian Ragas, Folk Ballads, Old-Time songs, Medieval and Renaissance instrumentals and a cappella numbers as well as contemporary folk and original compositions. Their sound has been described as "wondrously diverse", "truly refreshing" and "alternative neo-Celtic folk of the first order."