Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble

Sam Werk, Director

The Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble explores this unique musical tradition still practiced today in Cuba. This African diaspora-based music and culture is a living example of how art can be a manifestation of the human desire to stay connected to one’s roots, ancestors, belief system, and home, even in the darkest of situations. Born of deep African origins, this form involves hand drumming, percussion, and singing.

All undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate. Community members interested in the art, culture, and music are also welcome. All participants work together to make music while utilizing and expanding their own personal skills. No requirements regarding prior musical background are required to participate in the ensemble.

Rehearsals & Performances

The Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble rehearses on Monday evenings, 6:30-9:00 PM. The ensemble performs 2-3 times per academic year on the weekly Tea Time Concert Series. 

2023-24 Concert Dates:

  • Thursday, October 26, 4:30 PM, Fulton Recital Hall — Tea Time Concert
  • Thursday, February 8, 4:30 PM, Fulton Recital Hall — Tea Time Concert
  • Thursday, April 18, 4:30 PM, Fulton Recital Hall — Tea Time Concert


In lieu of auditions, the Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble will host an open house rehearsal during their first rehearsal on Monday, September 25, 4:00-8:00 PM, in Goodspeed 402. If you are interested in participating in the ensemble, you must attend the open house. Please RSVP HERE.