AZA! African Dance and Music Concert The Ohio University African Ensemble, directed by Paschal Yao Younge and Zelma Badu-Younge, presents a concert of traditional and contemporary African music and dance with special guest performance by Zab Maboungou.
Zab Maboungou is a dancer, choreographer, instructor, author and philosophy professor who is highly sought-after internationally for performances, trainings and lectures. She is a pioneer of African dance in Canada.
The concept for the concert was developed seven years ago by husband and wife duo Dr. Paschal Younge and Dr. Zelma Badu-Younge. It combines original dancing and music from various African countries, including Benin, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe.
Dr. Stephen Howard, the director of African Studies at Ohio University, was a primary contributor. The event was created because Howard wanted to celebrate African arts on OU’s campus.
Aza’s performers comprise various dance classes taught by Badu-Younge and the OU African Ensemble. The performers are not just dance and music majors.
The concert will be held at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium 7:30 p.m on Friday, May 5
Free to OU Students
Tickets: $12, general admission.
$9 non-OU students and senior citizens.