Camara West African Drum & Dance Company Come to Bethany

BY: EVAN BYRNE

 BETHANY W.Va. The Student Activities Council does it again by bringing out an entertaining, educational, and cultural immersion event to Bethany College. 

 Monday, February 20 at 7:00 PM in Renner too, the Camara West African Drum & Dance Company visited campus. Three drummers and two dancers graced the stage for an audience of students, faculty, and staff. They performed traditional West African dances to the traditional playing of the drums. 

 The highlight of the event was when the members of the Company invited people from the audience to learn three African dance steps that were used in the show. Students learned traditional African dances and were engaged with the Company and their peers, making it an educational and fun experience. 

 Towards the end of the show, Yamoussa Camara, the lead of the Company taught students to sing a part of the song he performed in the West African language. 

 This cultural immersion in Bethany is something that the Student Activities Council (SAC) tries to do often. The SAC committee and their advisor, Samuel Goodge, work to bring out events such as this Dance & Drum Company. A past cultural event was last semester when SAC brought a Piscataway Native American tribe to perform their traditional dance and songs for students in Renner too.

 These events are usually well attended by students and are something that the Student Activities Council wants to do more of. The committee thinks it is very important to bring different cultural events to campus. Samuel Goodge said, “Our students come from various backgrounds, cultures, and countries here at Bethany. Allowing our students a chance to explore another culture broadens their personal views and helps remind them that there is the world greater than them beyond Bethany.”  This event was a chance for students to explore different cultures that are different from their own personal one. 

 The Student Activities Council is working on bringing more cultural events to Bethany in the future. You can expect two events in March that will be co-sponsored by the 2 Fulbright scholars currently at Bethany College and the Student Activities Council. Another cultural event will be May 5 on Cinco de Mayo.  This event will be a celebration to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. There will be a celebration in the Dining Hall during that day that will feature many different Spanish inspired games, food, and fun! More events are in the work for this Spring 2017 semester.

 If you are interested in attending any of these events, or learning about different cultures, make sure to watch for any updates from the Student Activities Council’s social medias, emails, or posts on the Daily Bethanian.  Follow the Council’s Instagram - @bethanycollegesac and Twitter - @BethanySAC to receive updates about events on campus.  You can also get updates and posts on events on their Snapchat - @bethanysac. 

 The Student Activities Council meets every Monday at 3:30 PM in the Student Activities Room and is welcome to all students who are interested in helping plan and create events on campus. 

 

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