Agbekor Drum and Dance Society

The Agbekor Drum and Dance Society is a group of friends who have been studying, teaching and performing the music and dance of the Ewe tribe of Ghana, West Africa for the past three decades. Under the direction of Tufts Professor Dr. David Locke, the members of ADDS present an energetic and tightly synchronized blend of drumming, singing and dancing. While pieces like the intricate “Adzogbo” and “Yeve” are multi-part suites of extraordinary richness and complexity, “Gahu” and “Kinka” are vibrant and kinetic dance music that gets listeners up and moving.


David Locke,
Associate Professor of Music,
B.A., 1972, and Ph.D., 1978, Wesleyan University. Ethnomusicologist and performer.
Founder and director, Agbekor Drum and Dance Society.
Author: Drum Gahu: The Rhythms of West African
Music: Drum Damba: Talking Drum Lessons; Kpegisu: A War Drum of the Ewe. « Music-Cultures of Africa » in Worlds of Music: An Introduction to Music of the World’s Peoples. Research on the music and dance of West Africa. Appointed 1986.

Doug Berman,
In recent years, Berman has worked with the Public Radio Fundraising Partnership to improve the quality of fundraising nationwide. And since 1994, Berman has served as producer of the national fundraising editions of Morning Edition for NPR. Berman earned a bachelor of arts in American Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1984. His hobbies include West African music and throwing a tennis ball for his dog, Zuzu. He is a native of Ardsley, New York, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Faith Conant,
Faith Conant (M.A. Ethnomusicology, Tufts University) did her ethnomusicology research as a Fulbright scholar in Togo, West Africa, where she studied and performed with the Adjogbo Habobo of the Adjigo of Lome. She has performed and taught Ewe music and dance in the Boston-based Agbekor Society with David Locke for over twenty years, and has been a guest instructor at New England Conservatory, Berklee school of music, and the Conservatorio Cherubini in Florence, Italy.

Michael Traub,
Rebecca Sacks,
Tom Macdonald,
Expériences :
Project Manager, Greater Boston Learner Web
Develop learning plans and promote use of e-learning site by adult learners in Greater Boston.
Formation :
Lesley University
M. Ed , Technology in Education , 2007 — 2009
Activités et associations : Agbekor Drum and Dance Society

Vijaya Sundaram,
Vijaya Sundaram is a musician of superb abilities. An excellent composer and lyricist, she has a wide repertoire of material from many of the great songwriters. Over the past decade, however, she’s been away from the performance scene, pursuing a career as a teacher in a local public school.

Warren Senders,
Warren Senders is a talented composer/musician who has studied and rendered Hindustani music for over 20 years. The leader of the indo-jazz ensemble Anti-Gravity, Senders is a member of the New England Conservatory faculty and a Learning Through Music specialist who applies a rich background in Indian, African, and Western music toward cross-cultural aspects of learning through music programs in public elementary schools.

Lisa Leake,
Lisa began singing in Europe during high school, and was awarded second place for vocals at the Berlin Music Festival. She earned her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and has taught in K-12 and colleges in New England, and is currently enrolled in the General Music program at New England Conservatory of Music. Among others, she has studied voice with nationally recognized teachers/performers, Stan Strickland and Mark Lee. Lisa is a member of the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society, directed by Professor David Locke and Tufts University, and is a member of Silimbo West African Dance Company. She has performed at jazz venues, community centers, colleges, and festivals.

Ben Paulding,
Ben Paulding is an eclectic musician with significant experience on traditional Ghanaian drums, drumset, concert percussion, steel drums, and an assortment of other percussion instruments from around the globe. Ben is a member of David Locke’s Agbekor Drum and Dance Society and Marcus Santos’ Bloco AfroBrazil, and has performed throughout New England at venues such as Ryles Jazz Club, the Zeiterion Theater, the New England Folk Festival, and the Nigerian Cultural Festival in Providence. As a member of the Vic Firth Education Team, Ben currently teaches at Zumix, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, and the Waban Library Center. Ben graduated from UMASS Dartmouth with a music degree and the highest GPA in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. While at UMASS, Ben was sponsored to travel to Ghana, West Africa, three separate times to study traditional drumming, dancing, singing, and culture.

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