Akrowa

Adie Baako dancer

Thomas Annang drummer

Adie Baako and Thomas Annang grew up near the coast in Ghana There was no electricity in their village so singing, drumming and dancing was often the best way to entertain everyone. Whether the dance was designed to start a party, tell the stories of farmers and fishermen or honour ancestors, the audience then there, and now here, enjoy the infectious drum beats and spectacular dance moves. Thomas studied under Master Drummers Okoe Ardeyfio and Mustafa Tettey Addey. He was a member of the Akrowa Drum and Dance Ensemble in Ghana for nearly 10 years. Since coming to Northern Ireland in 2009 he has performed and delivered workshops across the UK including at WOMAD & the Edinburgh Festival. He teaches at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, where he has set up his own traditional African Drumming Group. Adie is the lead dancer with the Akrowa Drum and Dance Ensemble in Ghana. Since first visiting Scotland in 2014 he has worked for ABC Creative Music with hundreds of Scottish schoolchildren, with Thomas at WOMAD and other events in N Ireland, taught at Dancebase and has joined Sankofa Beats, an African drum & dance group based in Edinburgh.

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Akrowa

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