Cape Cod African Dance & Drum8/28/2012 1:19:17 AM
Cape Cod African Dance & Drum
The Cape Cod African Dance & Drum Ensemble is a collective of dancers and drummers who practice and perform traditional West African and Afro-Caribbean dance and drumming on Cape Cod. Our troupe includes professional West African and American artists with a rich variety of dance and music backgrounds. We have performed at concerts, school assemblies, art galleries, street festivals, parties and weddings. Our performances are full of electricity and fun....we play for the joy inherent in the African tradition.
Lead Drum Travis Shores
Travis is a graduate of Goddard College, co-founder of the Montpelier Vermont Encompass Dance and Drum Ensemble, an original member of Cape Cod African Dance and Drum, a previous collegiate instructor (Goddard College and Dartmouth College), lecturer, and avid drummer of many styles. Travis leads Haitian (Rada, Ghede, and Petwo Rite), Cuban (Arara), and Ghanaian (Ewe, Ga, Ashanti, and Dagomba) folkloric drumming and percussion, in addition to the traditional drumming from Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast. Having lived in Ghana on two separate occasions, Travis is an initiate and member of the sacred drumming lineage and religious rites of the village drummers of Sagneregu Village in Northern Ghana, where he is still the only non-African to witness and play for the Jentwan tribal Chief-Naming Ceremonies, Fire Festival and for the Jentwan (Ghana) Principal-Chief himself. A student of countless African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, and American master drummers, Travis has played and recorded with artists in the US and abroad, including the Sun Ra Arkestra, the late Lester Bowie, Michael Ray, Bob Moses, Eddie Palmieri, Dafnis Prieto, Nicole Mitchell, Don Glasgo, and numerous others. A previous affiliate of Tufts University's Agbekor Drum and Dance Society, Travis enjoys speaking and playing for students, dancers and villages throughout New England and beyond. Travis lives and works in Dennis, MA.
Fugan Dineen holds an MA in Ethnomusicology and is currently a PhD candidate at Wesleyan University. He has recorded and performed with musicians, dancers, and artists in America and abroad. Fugan teaches drums and percussion, leads rhythm trainings and workshops, and has taught and lectured at institutions including Wesleyan, Yale, and Berklee. He has received various grants and scholarships, the most recent being a Fulbright Fellowship.