African Drumming at CMNH
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire will come alive with the rhythms of drumbeats and melodies of songs featuring African drums. Performer and educator Michael Wingfield will present two interactive performances for children and families included with paid admission to the museum and free for museum members.
Michael Wingfield has more than 25 years of experience in the African-Caribbean percussion arts and culture. Through the rhythm and song of the African New World, Michael works settings spanning pre-school to college, health care facilities, libraries, festivals and music halls alike. His residencies augment music, social studies, literature programs, and team-building curricula. Michael’s performance credits list tours with Flora Purim & Airto, Sun Ra, and Herman Johnson. Cameo appearances include the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Richie Havens, Elvis Costello, and Reynaldo Gonzalez.
A Massachusetts native and an 18-year resident of Portland, Maine, Michael’s interest in harnessing talent to build community speaks in his marshalling the procession during the historic Amistad visit to Portland's waterfront, and of his production work with the Portland NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King Gospel and Music Concert. His motto is; "We move our audiences beyond cultural appreciation to cultural engagement!"
“Michael is a long-time friend of the museum and we are so happy to have him back to share his talent and knowledge of African instruments and culture,” said Jane Bard, Director of Education at the Children’s Museum. “Kids who come to these performances will be able to touch and try out some of the drums and are guaranteed to have a rousing good time.”