Nikiema Wendtoin Ezchial, who goes by the artist name Ezé Wendtoin, is a musician from Burkina Faso in West Africa. Since 2015 he has been living in Germany studying for his Master in German Studies, working with the “Banda Internationale”, a Dresden-based musician collective that openly protests and works against racism and xenophobia in regular concerts in refugee accommodation facilities and senior residents’ homes.
In 2015, Ezé won the “Afrika-Sonderpreis” in a German national competition, which is sponsored by the German Ministry of Development, as a representative for the music contributions of Africans in Germany. He is a committed cultural and educational ambassador leading workshops in early childhood education facilities and schools where he engages German students with African culture and values. His workshops are centered around working with fairy tales, dance and music in which he actively involves his participants as makers.
As part of an artist exchange, Ezé will play at the Global Gallery Café together with local musicians for the Columbus Community. Feel free to bring your instrument along!
This artist visit is co-sponsored by:
The Ohio State University (Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, School of Music, Undergraduate Studies Committee in African and African American Studies, Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Migration Studies Working Group, Department of French and Italian) and the Dresden Sister City Inc.
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