In the countries of West Africa, music and rhythm are a large part of everyday life. For one day this week, the rhythms of that region will become a part of coastal life as Borenya West African Drum and Dance brings its music to Conway.
The troupe, which honors the integrity of West African musical arts by bringing the music and dance of Africa to people of all ages, will bring its exotic sounds to Coastal Carolina University's Wheelwright Auditorium Thursday.
The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. with tickets raning from $15-20 for adults, $10-15 for teens, and $5 for children.
The touring company comprised of musicians and dancers from Guinea, West Africa, performs and hosts workshops across the country, exposing their music and culture to folks across the U.S.
The group is directed by Darren "Bibi" Gilley, an American who became interested in the music and dance of West Africa while studying anthropology. After graduating from college in, he took a trip to West Africa to study percussion. In 2001, he was accepted as a credentialed percussionist by the National Ballet Djoliba of the Republic of Guinea and has since spent more than 9,000 hours studying with the master drummers of Guinea.
For tickets or more information, call the Wheelwright Box Office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 843-349-2502 or visit www.coastal.edu/culturalarts.
Listen to Borenya's drumming at Greenville's Stone Academy: