Arts and CultureAfrican Drum and Dance Ensemble
About the Ensemble
The TCC African Drum and Dance Ensemble was founded in January of 2006 with the mission of learning and exploring the music, dance, and culture of Sub-Saharan Africa and the African Diaspora, and sharing that culture with the TCC community, Tallahassee, and the world at large. TCC African Drum and Dance Ensemble performs extensively on TCC campus as well as in collaboration with organizations at FSU and FAMU, and at community events all over Tallahassee and the surrounding areas.
The ensemble is directed by Dr. Sara Brown and Kermit Harrison, with Bianca Hargrett and Sunshine Scott serving as artistic directors. The group’s repertoire includes music and dance from Mali, Guinea, Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Brazil, the Caribbean, and The United States. The ensemble sings, dances, and plays the djembe, dundun, bells, shekere, kalimba, kidi, kaganu, amadinda, akogo, ngoma, kalimba, and a host of other instruments.
Since the ensemble's humble beginnings with 10 members, the group has grown to an organization with a credit course component (MUN 2830) with 15 registered students. In addition, students, alumni, and community members volunteer to participate in the performing ensemble and rehearse with us every week. Members of the ensemble vary in experience from those who began at the start of this semester to seasoned musicians and dancers with over 20 years of performance experience.
TCC African Drum and Dance Ensemble is open to TCC students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as members of the larger Tallahassee community. The group welcomes anyone interested in furthering the ensemble's mission and the mission of TCC, regardless of age, race, religion, or creed.
TCC students may register for MUN 2830 African Drum and Dance Ensemble for three elective credit hours.
Community Members and Friends
We invite new members to join us during the first month of Fall and Spring semesters. Stop by a rehearsal or contact Sara Brown for more information.
Students, faculty, alumni, and community members are always welcome to stop by a rehearsal on Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 5:00 p.m in the Lifetime Sports Complex.