Concerts
The ensemble is available for 1-2 hour long concerts. Programming for concerts may vary depending on the specific occasion. A typical African drumming and dance concert features traditional dances from Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe in addition to our new contemporary creations. Other programs celebrating the African Diaspora feature in addition to the above styles expressions from the Caribbean, North and Latin America

Educational Workshops
These activities are organized at different levels. K-12, High Schools and College/University levels in addition to Teacher Development Workshops
K-12 Activities
- Experiencing African music and dance through Dalcroze and Orff methods
- Experiencing African music and dance through Games
- Interactive story telling
- Experiencing African visual arts: masks and adinkra symbols

High Schools
- Sessions for band, choir, orchestra and other ensembles
- Experiencing African Music and dance through the Alcate Pedagogy
- African drumming and dance master classes- hands on activities
- Special lecture demonstrations
- Step dance master classes
- Jazz dance master classes
- 3 - Day residencies culminating in a 1-hour command concert

College/Universities
- African drumming and dance master classes- hands on activities
- Special Lecture Workshops
- 3 - 7 Day residencies culminating in 2-hour command concert
- Afro-Cuban drumming and dance master classes- hands on activities
- Step dance master classes
- Jazz dance master classes
- Latin drumming and dance master classes - hands on activities

Teacher Development Workshops
- Curriculum Development - Teaching Strategies - Hands on Sessions
- Experiencing African concepts and ideas about rhythm
- Experiencing African Music and dance through Dalcroze and Orff methods
- Choruses from the African Diaspora and Movement
- Social Studies and the Arts
- Children's games as instructional tools for teaching music
- African drumming and dance master classes- hands on activities

Other programs are available for professional groups-Percussionists, Dancers and other Theatrical Artists.

How to Schedule Programs
Program Fees:
This varies depending on the nature of activities and travel involved.
Scheduling: Programs are scheduled at least four months in advance on first-come. first- served basis
Billing and Payment: A confirmation letter, contract and invoice will be sent prior to the program. Payment is expected following the program or otherwise arranged.

Summer International Programs
Augustine and Catherine Younge Memorial Music and Cultural Festival.
Azaguno is proud to sponsor an Annual Music and Cultural Festival in Dzodze, Volta Region of Ghana in honor of the late Augustine Kwasigah Younge and Catherine Younge. Activities will include choral, brass band and traditional music and dance performances. The first of such festivals will be held during the last month of June 2004. Details will be posted later.

2004 ACYFEST: Augustine and Catherine Younge Memorial Music and Cultural Festival was successfully organized by Azaguno in collaboration with the Young families of Dzodze, Vodza and Lome; Togbui Dey 111; the Dzodze Roman Catholic Parish, Professor Cletus Dordunoo and friends to honor two individuals, the late Augustine Kwasigah Younge and Catherine Younge who in their lime time contributed immensely to the development of music and culture in Ghana Dzodze, Volta Region of Ghana from June 25-27. This Annual event. Click here for more information.

Nuit Blanche (meaning White Night, in French) is an annual all-night arts festival which is currently active annually in nearly 120 cities from around the world including: Paris, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Brussels, Rome, Madrid, and in this coming year, Melbourne, Australia, and Athens, Ohio. A Nuit Blanche includes the participation of private and public cultural institutions which are open and free of charge to the public, whereby the whole town or city ‘itself being turned into a de facto art gallery, providing space for art installations, performances (music, film, dance, performance art), themed social gatherings and other activities. Nuit Blanche was created in Paris in 2002 to bring contemporary art to the public. Logo design by Brittni Barranco

Nuit Blanche Athens
Nuit Blanche Athens is being established and co-directed by Dr. Zelma Badu-Younge and Dr. Paschal Yao Younge, in conjunction with Ohio University Schools of Dance, Schools of Music and Azaguno, Inc. The Nuit Blanche Athens Festival seeks to dynamite the spring season in Athens and consequently consolidate the town’s position as a cultural, gastronomic and festive jewel in southeast Ohio. Our hope is to make this first Nuit Blanche a spotlight on both Ohio University students and Athens community artists who are fairly unknown to each other and throughout Ohio. We see this as a significant promotional tool for getting both Ohio University students and the Athens community artists known across Ohio and the country. This would be a gateway for our students to gain professional experience, regional, national and international exposure. The festival will be from 3:03pm on April 6 to 3:03 am on April 7. The Festival becomes a place where our student community can explore in a positive and safe way the “magic and the mysteries of the night" through the arts.

Organizing Committee:
Zelma Badu-Younge, Paschal Yao Younge, Jennifer Petrie, Brittni Barranco, Miaghen Dahn, Desjavae Conway and Michael Ofori

Schedule of events (PDF)






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