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December 9, 2016 – Members of the Ashesi community gathered at the Archer Cornfield courtyard, one final time this semester, for the Christmas on the Hill concert.

Started four years ago by the Decibels, a student-led music group, the event which has grown into an annual tradition at Ashesi, celebrates the warmth of the holiday season. With performances of music, dance and spoken-word poetry by members of the Ashesi community, students from Berekuso schools and local musicians, Christmas on the Hill in many ways not only brings the Ashesi community together, but also welcomes communities beyond Ashesi to share in the season’s spirit.

“Christmas on the Hill is a shared experience of fun, new beginnings, and also community,” said Torwomenye Azaglo, Assistant Dean of Students.  “It’s exciting to be a part of another event that brings our students, staff and faculty and people beyond the hills of Ashesi together.”

Alongside the usual performances from students, staff and faculty in Ashesi, this year’s concert also featured performances by children from several community engagement initiatives including the Berekuso Music Project, A New Dawn and Future of Africa.

“It’s not a concert for only the Ashesi community,” said Nadine Majdoub ’18, President of the Decibels. “It’s an opportunity to mix with the kids from our various community engagement projects. Not only does it create a sense of community for all of us, but also we hope the children feel appreciated and gingered up for the season. Ultimately, our goal is to spread Christmas cheer and love in the community and beyond.”