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ASU Museum presents Zinse Agginie,
African percussionist/storyteller, Feb. 6
The Arkansas State University Museum presents Zinse Agginie, storyteller
and drummer, on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The ASU Museum is
320 University Loop West Circle,
Jonesboro, in the west wing of the Dean B.
Library, and Agginie’s performance will be held in the museum’s Main
Gallery on the second floor of the library building. The event is free
and open to the public, thanks to the support of ASU’s Office of
Zinse Agginie is a Ghanaian drummer who has lived in Arkansas since the
mid-1980s. He has performed for four U.S. presidents and at the opening
of the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. He also travels
throughout the country teaching drumming, a huge part of Ghana’s musical
culture, to students of all ages. His teaching philosophy integrates the
audience into the excitement of his performances, and his programs seek
to create memorable cross-cultural exchanges through active audience
involvement, rather than by passive observation. His artistry and
engagement with his audiences provide listeners with a cultural tour
through Africa, as he uses his drums to illustrate African folktales and
learn lessons about life and art. His audiences experience a new culture
through two universal art forms, storytelling and drumming.
Zinse Agginie incorporates hands-on rhythm making with an assortment of
percussion instruments and drums, notably the djembe and the odono
drums. Visitors will also be able to make simple percussion instruments
to take home. Audiences are invited to come and play and to enjoy the
universal appeal of storytelling and the resonance of drumming.
This event is this year’s first in the ASU Museum’s Cultural Diversity
series. For more information, visit the ASU Museum online at
or call the museum at (870) 972-2074. Regular museum hours are 9 a.m.-7
p.m. Tueday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on
Sunday. The ASU Museum is closed on Mondays and university holidays.
For more information, contact
Lenore Shoults (firstname.lastname@example.org),
assistant director, ASU Museum, at (870) 972-2074.
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