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West African Drumming – Wednesday July 29, 2:00 PM

Friday, July 24th, 2015

DSC082731Jordan Benissan, Master Drummer from Togo, West Africa will perform original and native music on a variety of drums and other instruments.

All ages welcome.

Caution: this presentaton will be quite loud.

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242 x225

About Jordan Benissan

Jordan Benissan’s most recent CD, Let Me Play My Music, was nominated for Best World Music Album by Phoenix Magazine, and was featured on NPR’s “All Songs Considered”. His previous CD, “Beautiful Music from West Africa”, had received the same treatment, and was nominated for the same honor.

Jordan Messan Benissan is a member of the Ewe People. He was introduced to music and dance at an early age through ceremonies and rituals. He received his traditional music training from several West African master drummers.

P00265-frt5_05Jordan has taught and performed for all levels, from elementary school through college level, and teaches at Colby College. Some of his performances include an opening show for the West African drummer Babatunde Olatunji, a performance for a national NAACP Conference and performances for the Mayo Clinic’s Multicultural Program. Benissan has performed traditional African drumming and Highlife music with master drummer Obo Addy at Colby College, and with the Portland Symphony orchestra.

Jordan says:

My deepest thanks to my listeners, my fans and audience participants, to all those who have supported and encouraged me, and to my drumming students and the members of Sankofa.

Free Friday Coffee – July 24, 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Monday, July 20th, 2015

coffeeStop by the Library’s atrium on Friday, July 24 from 9:30 AM to Noon and have a free cup of 23 Pleasant, the new coffee developed just for Curtis Library by Wicked Joe Coffee Roasting Co. in Topsham.

And if you like what you sample, you can always purchase a bag of 23 Pleasant ground or whole beans, regular or decaf, at the Lending Services desk!

Many people expressed an interest in having coffee in the library during our “10 Days/100 Great Ideas” conversation with the community.

While we’re not opening a coffee shop or café in the library, we do want to offer this self-serve, free coffee one morning a week as a way to say “thank you” to our devoted and supportive community of readers.

Also, stay tuned for details about special coffee tastings at Curtis with the Wicked Joe staff.

(NOTE: As is customary in the library, we ask that you consume food and drink in the atrium area at the café tables, and keep a cover on any beverages you bring into the library. THANK YOU!)

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