UM to Host World Rhythms Concert

April 08, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana World Rhythms Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Dennison Theatre on the UM campus.

The concert centerpiece will feature performances by Edi Gbordzi – a master drummer and dancer from Ghana, West Africa – along with the UM West African Ensemble and Dancers. They will perform a variety of traditional Ghanaian instrumental and dance pieces, including “Kenka,” “Kpan Logo,” “Sikyi,” “Gabada” and “Kpatsa.”

The concert will kick off with a rousing, high-energy performance by the Brazilian Batucada Ensemble, followed by the Mexican Marimba Band and the Salsa Band. The Salsa Band will feature several UM percussion students along with UM jazz program members in the horn section. The group will perform a number of fiery latin-jazz selections, including “Co Co May May,” “Ritmo Remo” and “Sonando.”

Tickets cost $11 for general admission, $6 for seniors and $5 for students. For more information call percussion studies Director Robert Ledbetter at 406-243-4819 or email

Contact: Robert Ledbetter, director of percussion studies, UM School of Music, 406-243-4819,