The Betty Warmack Branch Library, part of the Grand Prairie Public Library System, will host an African American Heritage Celebration at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. The Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble will perform. Following the performance will be a drumming workshop.
The Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble was formed in late 2009, with a goal of bringing quality African dance and drum classes, programs, performances and educational and cultural activities to the D/FW area. Founder Tony Browne was first exposed to West African percussion in his hometown of Seattle. Later, while attending college at Prairie View A&M University, he became a founding member of their premiere African Dance Company. He has expanded his knowledge of African music and dance through study, performance and travel. As the Director of Bandan Koro, Tony organizes dance workshops and performances, often including guest artists and musicians. He also annually facilitates study trips to Africa so that others may have an opportunity to deepen their experience with African music and culture.
The Betty Warmack Branch is located at 760 Bardin Road in Grand Prairie. No registration is required for this free program, but seating space will be limited, so arrive early. 972-237-5772. www.gptx.org/library