Bright colors, high energy and melodic beats filled the third floor of Liberty Lutheran’s Whitemarsh office building for a lesson in customer service! The Women’s Sekere Ensemble were the featured guests at the Liberty’s World Class University training program on Friday, June 27th. World Class University (WCU) is offered to front line and direct-care staff across the Liberty Family of Services. The curriculum of WCU places a special focus on Customer Service, but also highlights other valued behaviors that all employees should embody.
The Women’s Sekere Ensemble are percussionists dedicated to preserving and promoting African music. Founded in 1989 by Omomola Iyabunmi, the Ensemble presents traditional drumming and singing using intricately-beaded gourds called Sekere, a frame drum called Sakara and a bell instrument called Agogo.
The Women’s Sekere Ensemble was invited to WCU by Christopher Ridenhour, Liberty’s Director of Employee Engagement Training. Omomola Iyabunmi and her three bandmates instructed the 12 members of the WCU session on how to play the Sekere and before long the entire class was performing with the Ensemble. After a practice session, the WCU students and the Women’s Sekere Ensemble performed together for Liberty employees during lunch!
Christopher Ridenhour explained to the WCU students that he believed the Women’s Sekere Ensemble was an excellent lesson for the class in customer service, because it taught unity and it also taught them to work outside of their comfort zone.
“We all may play different parts, but together it really looks like something,” Christopher said.
The Philadelphia-based Women’s Sekere Ensemble group has performed locally and nationally at numerous schools, colleges, luncheons, dinners, conventions, festivals, libraries, churches, weddings, museums and nursing homes.Thank you to the Women’s Sekere Ensemble for a wonderful performance!
Thank you to the members of WCU for their entertainment and positive attitude:
- Mary Little
- Lindsay King
- Laverne Bullock
- Tremaine Burch
- Raji Aji
- Florence Sessions
- Darlene Robbins
- Jennifer Macon
- Rashidah Yakubu
- Martin Olivera
- Ann Potchak
- Gregory Aristilde
WATCH VIDEO OF THE PERFORMANCE!