Wamidan Brings Down the House
by Karen Handley
March 25, 2005
The Wabash College world music ensemble, Wamidan, brought down the house
at its fifth annual year-end concert. (Click on the link below to
see pictures from this year's concert.)
Founded in the fall of 2000 with an initial focus on East African music
and dance traditions, Wamidan has since expanded its programs and
presentations to cover other music and dance cultural regions of the
globe. This year’s program featured music and dance traditions from
various regions including Australia, East Africa, Latin America, West
Africa, the Arab World, and South Africa.
Wamidan also shared the stage with the Middle Eastern Tribal Bloom Belly
Dancers. Based in Bloomington, Indiana, Tribal Bloom performs American
Tribal Style Belly Dancing, which is a fusion of Middle Eastern belly
dancing along with elements of flamenco, Indian, North African, and
Central Asian folk dancers.
The performance marked the end of the Wabash performance careers of
Wamidan veterans Julian Moreaux, Alpha Newberry, and Josie Beckley.
Dancers from the Crawfordsville community and DePauw University
augmented the performance.
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