Ngoma! Drum, Dance and Sing!

Kenwood students in kindergarten and first grade study African drumming with Ghana Mbaye, who is affectionately known to the students as Brother Ghana. At different times during the school year these grade levels meet with Brother Ghana several times a week for approximately six weeks. Students learn call and response drum patterns as well as songs and dances. Through their drumming, singing, and dancing students make connections in academic areas such as patterning and counting. They also have time for a little world studies as they question Brother Ghana about his childhool and education in Senegal. Ghana Mbaye is a teacher at the WISE school in north Minneapolis and travels around the state conducting drumming residencies.