**04.27.18 – We are devastated to announce the passing of our Ghana Site Director and dear friend, Bernard Woma. He was an extraordinary person who touched many lives and dedicated himself to spreading joy through his music and the vibrancy of his cultural heritage. We are so fortunate to partner with Bernard’s Dagara Music Center in Ghana, and look forward to honoring his legacy by continuing to create opportunities for our musicians and dancers to experience true cross cultural collaboration in Ghana.
Thank you, Bernard. You will be truly missed.
Programs in Ghana will continue as planned, and we will update this page with a replacement site director in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience as we make this transition.
Bernard supports all participants on our Ghana programs, acting as the main point of contact throughout their stay in the country. He coordinates airport pickup, arranges housing, leads cultural excursions, oversees a talented team of instructors (and teaches himself on some programs), and manages the 24-hour onsite emergency phone.
Bernard Woma has shared the stage with artists such as Maya Angelou, Yo Yo Ma, and Glen Velez. He has performed for international dignitaries and presidents such as former U.S. president Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II. He was recently honored as the cultural resource person for President Barack Obama’s family when they visited Ghana.
He is a true cultural treasure from Ghana who has toured the world as xylophonist and lead drummer of the National Dance Company of Ghana. Bernard is an extremely dynamic artist and deeply experienced educator. His recent appearances in the US include a performance with New York Philharmonic at the Avery Fisher, Lincoln Center, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra, residency with the Ethos Percussion group, performances and teaching at New York’s AXF: African Xylophone Festival, and various universities and colleges.
The performance of his composition “Gyil Nyog Me Na” in the spring of 2006 at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall is a testimony of his musicianship. Bernard is the Artistic Director of Saakumu Dance Troupe and the founder and director of the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Accra, Ghana.