Azaguno is a colorful and vibrant Multi-ethnic Ensemble international touring group, which focuses on research, preservation, education and performance of traditional African American, Caribbean and Latin America music and dance. The ensemble also creates contemporary intercultural works in new theatrical contexts that fuse the artistic and aesthetic cultural values and resources representative of African experiences in world history. Through the Drum, the Voice, the Dance and other visual art forms and paraphernalia, Azaguno brings to the stage a unique African theatrical experience. The group appeared at several national and international festivals and conferences in Canada, China, France, Germany, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan and United States. Some of the festivals include Seoul International Drum Festival, Taiwan International Percussion Summer Festival, Sacheon International Percussion Festival, Taiwan International Dance Festival, Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, Hsin Chu Folk Drum International Festival, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Pan-African Historical Theater Festival, Festival International De Jazz De Montreal, Dancing on the Edge Festival, Canada Dance Festival, and France International Folkloric Festival. The group also represented the US at the FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony and Games in Seoul, Korea in 2002. All these experiences have enabled the group to create intense and intricate polyrhythmic sounds; mesmerizing and electrifying dance movements. Recent appearances include: African Network Conference, Denison University, April 17, 2010, Workshop at the XI Biennial International, Symposium & Festival of CIMA (Center for Intercultural Music Arts at the Facultad de Educación y Humanidades of Melilla, of the Universidad of Granada: April 7-11, 2010, Anderson International Festival, SC, January 29 &30, Yilan International Rain Festival in Taiwan from July 24-August 24, 2009, Lotus Blossom Festival, Bloomington, Indiana, March 23-28, 2009, Educational Workshop ad Performance, African Music and Dance, at World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education “Respecting Traditions: Shaping the Future” the Kulin Nation, Melbourne, Australia December 7-11, Performance at the 28TH World Conference of the International Society for Music Education (ISME 2008), Bologna, Italy, July 20-25, 2008, Presentation at Africa Meets Asia Conference”- World Music Days - 2nd International Symposium on African and Chinese Music, Co-organized by Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing & Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College, Cambridge- 6-8 November 2007 Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. China, The group also performed at the 7th Taiwan International Percussion Convention, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in Hong Kong, China in 2011 and Canada in January of 2012. Azaguno, Inc. operates as a 501(c)-(3) nonprofit organization. Members are recruited and trained by the directors for the activities outlined in our mission statement and programs.

Our Mission
* To learn and perform African musical arts and dance as they occur in their authentic settings.
* To create new forms of African and African derived presentations in a new theatrical context
* To create new curricula initiatives for the teaching and learning of African and African derived musical arts and dance.
* To create opportunities for people all over the world to experience the musical arts and dance of the African Diaspora
* To promote international programs of study in Africa, Caribbean and Latin America
 



This site is maintained by
Dr. Paschal Yao Younge.
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