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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 30, 2005

Afro-Cuban Dance And Drum Ensemble Perform At Oct. 6 International Thursday

International Thursdays will depart from its usual lecture format and will instead feature a dance and drumming performance on Oct. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge. The Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble will perform, "Dancing, Drumming and the Musical Dialect of Several Folkloric and Ceremonial Afro/Cuban Forms," at this free, public event, co-sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs and The Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program (CDA). Refreshments will be served.

The drum and dance presentation highlights both the performative dimension of Caribbean culture, and the rich musical heritage of the island of Cuba, where various African nations have blended over the centuries to produce a unique musical idiom reflecting as well the distinctiveness of Afro-Cuban ethnic groups.

The Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble is a unique group of dancers and percussionists performing the folkloric music and dance of Cuba. Members of the group have traveled to Cuba to learn the music and dance of this rich island culture. Ensemble performers are students selected from the Afro-Cuban courses sponsored by the UI School of Music and Department of Dance.

For more information on this lecture or International Thursdays, contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433 or

The International Thursdays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Amy Green, 319-335-1433,; Writer: Po Li Loo