Rippowam African Drum & Dance Group
The Rippowam African Drum & Dance Group is a traditional percussion ensemble of middle school drummers, dancers and singers, taught and directed by Brian Rizzi.
Our first performance featured 3 rhythms from Ghana: Kinka, Agbekor Vulolo and Kpanlogo.
You can listen to individual tracks or the full set with over 20 minutes of non-stop drumming!
Full Set: Introduction, Kinka, Agbekor Vulolo, Kpanlogo
Gota (Slow & Fast)
The Rippowam Middle School African Drum Dance & Dance Group performed Slow & Fast Gota from Ghana as part of our 2019 Diversity Day Celebration.
Here's just the fast section of Gota with some zoomed in shots.
The Rippowam African Drum Dance & Dance Group performs Kpanlogo from Ghana.
This performance was part of our 2018 Diversity Day Celebration.
Rehearsing Kpanlogo - Picture Slideshow
The Rippowam African Drum & Dance Group performs Gahu from Ghana.
This performance was part of our 2015 Diversity Day Celebration.
The Rippowam African Drum & Dance Group performs Tokwe from Ghana.
This performance was part of the school's 2016 Black History Celebration.
The Rippowam African Drum Dance & Dance Group performs Yankadi/Makru from Guinea.
This performance was part of our 2017 Diversity Day Celebration.
Zimbabwe Marimba Ensemble
We played Zimbabwean-Style marimba music as people entered the auditorium..
Featuring the Zimbabwean Bass Marimba built by Josh Quinn and Brian Rizzi.
Rehearsal outtakes - Putting together a drum & Dance performance
This performance was part of the Dolan Middle School 2003 Spring Concert where I taught before Rippowam..