In early July, students from Tufts University traveled to Ghana to visit the Bizung School of Music & Dance. While the students were there they learned about the local culture through traditional African drumming and dance classes; in addition they had the opportunity to exchange ideas and share their culture with the students and teachers in Ghana.
When young people come together the world becomes a much more harmonious and exciting place to be.
The Bizung School of Music & Dance is located in Tamale, Northern Region, Ghana, hometown of Mohammed Alidu, who has been performing with the Playing For Change Band since 2009. Alidu is a descendant of a long line of talking drum chiefs known as the "Bizung" that have lived in the area for more than 1,000 years. In his family's honor, this place of inspiration has aptly been named the Bizung School of Music and Dance.
The school offers music and dance classes that are rooted in the traditional style of Northern Ghana. Children have a safe and nurturing environment in which to learn, as well as opportunities to share their cultural and musical traditions with other children around the world.
Painting works have just started at the school: check out the progress of the works so far: