Here is the music, dance and art study abroad trip you've been waiting for! 
Camp Africa led by Nani Agbeli is organizing a study abroad program to Ghana from

July 25 - August 15, 2020

 

Below are some activities included in the cost of your trip:

2 hours or more of drumming instruction per day 
2 hours or more of dance instruction per day
(those who don’t want to study drumming and/or dancing, may study basket weaving, batik, singing, and/or kente weaving). 
One performance at the Dagbe Center 
One day trip to see dance/drum performances 
One dance performance at the Art Center in Accra 

 

Included Accommodations and Amenities: 
2 week all inclusive stay at the Dagbe Cultural Center in dorm-style housing accommodations (2 twin beds per room) 
3 meals per day 
Hotel accommodations for the last week of travel 
All transportation for 3 weeks of travel: to/from the airport, beach, and market 
Driver accessible for student use (on call 24/7)

 

The cost of the trip is $2,700.

 

Students will be responsible for the cost of airfare, the third week of food, passport/visa fees, vaccination costs, entrance fee to any tourist attractions and historic site entrance fees. If interested in joining us this summer, please email us at agbeli.nani@gmail.com

Unlike other Ghanaian traditional institutions, Dagbe Cutural Institute and Art Center gives students the best of Ghanaian traditional music, dance, singing, arts, and culture. No matter your field, you will find your place here at the Dagbe Center and leave with a deeper knowledge, connection, understanding, and love for what you do.

Though drumming, dancing, singing and arts are performed together, instructors at Dagbe Center believe these are different in their own separate ways. Therefore instructors focus, teach, and connect with students in different ways depending on student’s goals and interests.

As the sky is the limit, instructors at the Dagbe Center believe in every student and in their ability to achieve their goals. Therefore, instructors push students to a new place in their lives where students can realize their abilities and potential.

It is always nice to know that your instructor is the best and will guide you through the new or continuing era in your life, allowing you to attain your personal and professional goals. As the instructors at Dagbe Center have gone through extensive and rigorous professional training, this process is well known to them and instructors have years of experience helping students reach their goals.

Classes: Classes at the institute run from 9-11 AM and 4-6 PM. They are held in the performance hall or under an open air shelter. Traditional drums and western drum sets are available for students and our teaching staff. There are many opportunities for teachers and students who wish to take additional classes.

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Drumming: Drummers have the best teaching instructors in the field of Ghanaian music at Dagbe center. With 15 well trained instructors, students have more than enough expertise at their disposal. The instructors establish personal connections with students to evaluate how each student understands as individuals and within a group. Instructors understand that learning in a different country/environment can affect one’s ability to learn, so instructors take time to repeatedly explain lessons at every meeting to ensure that students are relaxed, comfortable and confident in what they are learning.

 

Basic rhythms are well refined and polished and drumming techniques are a strong focus. Out of the many, these techniques include: posture on an instrument, the use of energy, striking an instrument, the connection between the drummer and instrument, and being able to make your note and rhythm recognizable by ear from a distance. Additionally, more beginner lessons on how to hold a stick, a proper way of playing an instrument, how to connect with your instruments and more are taught.

Dancing: Ghanaian dancing is a story telling experience. Body work, facial/body expressions, acting, and energy utilization to connect with your audience and group members is very crucial and important in Ghanaian music and dance. With the training and experience of the instructors at Dagbe Center, you will entrust your learning experience in the best hands. The instructors take their time to understand how your body works, which areas need focus, how your brain connects with your body, how you think about rhythm, and your motivations. Overall, instructors help you to spiritually and physically connect with both your audience and group members to bring out your personal connection to the story of the dance.

 

In Ghanaian dance, each part of the body and muscle performs differently. At Dagbe Center, instructors know and understand the importance of this. They will work with you on how to understand your body and teach you how to use it to bring out an authentic, stylish and energetic execution to your movements.

Singing: In reference to singing, there are different ways of producing a sound and developing those sounds into song. One thing often misunderstood is that the technique to sing a western song is very different from the technique used to sing a Ghanaian traditional song. Lack of training and awareness of this fact may result in a strained or damaged voice.

 

Singing is amazing skill, but only if you get it right. The instructors at Dagbe Center ensure to work on your vocals, pronunciation, and pitch. Instructors also focus on how to push sounds from your throat using energy from your stomach and how to accumulate power behind your sounds as microphones are not used in Ghanaian traditional music.

Batik: In addition to the music, dance, and culture experience, Dagbe Center also offers a variety of art crafts. Batik technique uses a hot wax with a wood designed block to make fabric on a white cotton calico with dyes. You will learn how to work with colors, understand the combination of dyes, and the meaning of Ghanaian adinkra symbols and other designs in order to bring them to life.

 

Kente weaving: Kente weaving is a Ghanaian traditional hand woven technique in which fabric is made in a loom. Students will learn how to put yarn together and prepare it in the loom for both basic and complex weaves. Patterns are taught by the best traditional Kente weavers in Ghana and at the end of the course, students are able to take home what they have woven.

 

Dagbe Center also offers classes in basket weaving, carving, Ewe language and Ghanaian cooking.

Culture: Ghanaian music and dance comes mostly out of the culture and since Dagbe Center is located in the center of a village, everything students do, see, hear, feel and smell is assured to be culturally connected. Dagbe Center is surrounded by multiple villages and from sunrise to sundown students are surrounded by people of all ages in the village.Other activities in the village, such as how the villagers get their water, clean dishes and their compounds, how to cook, climb a coconut tree and feed goats and chickens help to build a strong cultural connection between students and the village.

 

Learning about all elements of daily Ghanaian culture, students are able to better relax, focus on their mission and feel as if the village is a second home. As a student you will learn how to eat with your hands, why you should always give and take with your right hand, the importance of greeting people whether you know them or not, how to carry things on your head while walking, and more.

Meals: Ghanaian cuisine is one of the best in the world. No kidding! Every region has its own recipes, with delicious meals and snacks like Red Red, Jellof rice, Kontombre stew, Groundnut soup, Fufu, Akple, Banku, Dorkunu, Light soup, Okra soup, Kelewele, Boflot, Toogbeah, Atsormor and many more. The chefs at Dagbe Center are the best at what they do. With extensive cooking experience and a variety of recipes to choose from, you will never lose your appetite.

 

Students at the Center are served a different meal every day and have the option of requesting a meal. The meals are prepared with the best spices, ingredients, and the best culinary skill. As musicians, dancers, and singers enjoy their work, so do the chefs at Dagbe Center. They cherish what they do and put a lot of time into making the food the best.

 

For the first two weeks in Ghana at the Center, food and an unlimited supply of bottled Voltic water will be provided for each person.

Fufu & light soup

Red red

Wakye

Banku & tilapia

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