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Introducing The Gahu Project

Sunday, April 7th, 2019
picture of Gboba drum in the middle of a circle of dancers

pilot workshop at a Waterloo Region high school.

I am thrilled to be leading the research component of The Gahu Project. The Gahu Project is a racial justice community music initiative in the Waterloo Region of Ontario that brings together youth, professional artists and arts organizations to explore and discover the music of Ghana. Through a series of workshops, high school students will engage in conversations about racial justice and learn Gahu, a recreational and social dance music of the Ewe people of Ghana which combines drumming, dancing and singing. The event will culminate on Music Monday (May 6) as over 400 local high school students will gather at Kitchener City Hall Square and be led by Ghanaian master drummer Kwasi Dunyo in a mass musical experience of Ghanaian drumming, dancing and singing.

The research that I am undertaking uses arts-based participatory action research to centre the voices of African, Caribbean, and Black identifying (ACBI) students in examining how The Gahu Project affects high school climates from a racial justice lens. The goal of the research is to strengthen relationships among high school students while also understanding challenges and possibilities in creating more inclusive high school climates for ACBI students to thrive. The specific objectives are:

  1. To create participatory music performances that contribute to understanding and improving the high school climates that foster the wellbeing of ACBI students.
  2. To identify ACBI student experiences of wellbeing in relation to learning environments, relationships among the students and school staff, and school safety/physical environment.
  3. To generate policy and curriculum recommendations for WRDSB that will enhance its efforts to foster inclusive high school cultures and wellbeing of ACBI students across the district.

The research component of The Gahu Project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Follow the Gahu Project on Instagram: @thegahuproject or #thegahuproject.

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westward ho!

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Big changes in my studio. I will be defending my ph.d. in August this summer, and then relocating to Edmonton, Alberta (apparently the most up-and-coming city in Canada).

I will continue to teach privately through my studio in Toronto until early August, and will likely re-open my studio in Edmonton once we are settled, teaching in person and via skype, while also continuing my academic and artistic work.

Feel free to contact me for more information or to stay in touch.

Have a great summer!

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Concert: ‘My Mother is the Ocean Sea’ May 10 @ 3pm

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Poster for May concert of Echo Women's ChoirEcho Women’s Choir is performing a concert on Mother’s Day afternoon, with Ukrainian singers Mark Marczyk and Marichka Kudriavtseva of Lemon Bucket Orkestra. I am not conducting in this concert, but am singing with a full heart!

Come join us!

Sunday May 10, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Church of the Holy Trinity
(10 Trinity Square, next to the Eaton Centre)
Tickets: $15 advance/ $20 door/ $10 seniors, children, underwaged

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