Concert series features African drums in Searsmont

Feb 04, 2020
Jordan Benissan's African Drum Ensemble

Searsmont — Searsmont Town Library's Winter Concert Series continues with Jordan Benissan's African Drum Ensemble on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.

Jordan Messan Benissan, a native of Togo, West Africa, received a B.A. from the Institut des Sciences Commerciales in Lome, Togo. A member of the Ewe people, he was introduced to music and dance at an early age through ceremonies and rituals. He received his traditional music training from several West African master drummers. He has taught and performed for all levels, from elementary school through college level. His first CD, "Drumming Through the Spirit of my Ancestors," has been widely distributed and was adopted by the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis as a teaching resource. Some of his performances include an opening show for the West African Drummer Babatunde Olatunji, a performance for the national NAACP Conference and performances for Mayo Clinic’s Multicultural Program. His World Music Band was featured as the official band for Béla Fleck’s Throw Down Your Heart concert in Waterville.

Admission is free and the snow date is Feb. 25. The library is located at 37 Main St. South. For more information, call 342-5549 or email

The Winter 2020 Concert Series is made possible through a grant from the Onion Foundation.

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