Dema African Dance and Drumming Ensemble is a diverse Department of Dance company directed by Assistant Professor Habib Iddrisu, a traditionally trained musician, dancer, and historian from northern Ghana. Dema consists of dancers, drummers, and singers who share a love and knowledge of African dance tradition with the surrounding on- and off-campus communities that Iddrisu calls “a total African performance experience.”
Continuing the good work of the now-retired Dance Africa, the Dema ensemble will combine the study and performance of traditional arts, including drumming, dance, singing, and storytelling from a variety of African cultures.
“My goal with Dema is to advance cross–cultural understanding by providing an opening for UO students to move outside their comfort zones,” says Iddrisu. “Students will expand their world views through performances, student interactions, and interactions with performers and teachers from African nations.”
Dema will has a flexible credit (1-3) system, and will be open to all students, faculty, and staff of the UO. No audition is necessary. Local community members are also welcome to register for the ensemble by contacting the department office.