Mom’s Weekend: AZA! African Dance and Music Concert

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.

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