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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.

Picture Slideshow

first show

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 

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Kinka

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Agbekor Vulolo

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Kpanlogo

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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.

We were on the news for this one too!  CLICK HERE

kpanlogo

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

Gahu

The Rippowam African Drum & Dance Group performs Gahu from Ghana.


This performance was part of our 2015 Diversity Day Celebration.

Tokwe

The Rippowam African Drum & Dance Group performs Tokwe from Ghana.


This performance was part of the school's 2016 Black History Celebration.

yankadi/makru

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

1:41 - Working on Our Marimba Entrance Music 
2:33 - Working on the Drumming
3:27 - Working on the Dance 
4:22 - Putting It All Together

Obatala

This performance was part of the Dolan Middle School 2003 Spring Concert where I taught before Rippowam..

Obatala
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