|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.