Anansegromma of Ghana: African Drum, Songs, Stories, and Games

Come join the “royal elders” and musicians of a typical West African village!  Native Ghanaians Kofi Dennis and Kwame Ansah-Brew offer an exhilarating and memorable performance of traditional music, storytelling and dance.  Through “call and response” songs, games and drum rhythms on authentic instruments, Anansegromma offers an engaging, first-hand exploration of West African cultural traditions.  Students will be up and dancing with this lively duo in an unforgettable experience.  Their varied programs address themes of cooperation, courage, hope, caring and sharing. Kofi and Kwame are artists/teachers with the Wolf Trap Institute, Goucher College, and the Smithsonian Museum of African Art.   Ask about their larger ensemble, too!

A fantastic combination of storytelling, dance and song…Captivated both children and adults.

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Kwame Ansah-Brew, at the age of 7, started as a courtyard musician in his village of Akyem Asiakwa in Ghana. Following training, he graduated as a Divine Drummer at the age of 10. Later receiving a Teacher’s Certificate from the Presbyterian Training College and a subsequent Diploma in Theater Arts from the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana in 1994, Kwame left Ghana for the United States to further his education. He graduated from SUNY – Brockport with a Master of Arts in Dance. An actor, teacher, dancer, musician and director, he currently teaches African drumming at Goucher College, and recently traveled with the first group of Goucher students participating in January study abroad in Ghana. In 1995, he teamed up with Kofi Dennis to form Anansegromma. Kwame is a participating artist of the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.

Kofi Dennis has a long history of working both as an artist and an educator. He received training at Komenda Teaching College, University of Cape Coast, and graduated from the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana, and received a Diploma in Early Childhood and Adolescent Education from the University of Cape Coast before coming to the United States in 1993. He is a participating artist of the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, and also teaches a program entitled Kofi’s Multicultural Creative Dynamics at the Montessori School of Northern Virginia.

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Performances

African Dance, Drums, Story and Games
Anansegromma presents an exhilarating and memorable introduction to West African culture. Audiences become members of a typical Ghanaian village, gathering with “royal elders” and court musicians to experience traditional music, storytelling and dance, enhanced by the vibrant colors of their native attire. Through “call and response” songs, games, mime, dance and drum rhythms, Kofi and Kwame offer an engaging, first-hand exploration of West African culture. Their energetic program includes demonstrations of authentic musical instruments, and an explanation of kente cloth symbolism. With their extensive background as teachers and performers, and expertise in character education, Anansegromma has developed programs that engage, educate and entertain audiences of all ages.

Single Show $650/Back-to-Back $800

Fees are for daytime school programs in Maryland, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia only.

Evening, weekend, workshop and non-school fees differ – please contact us.

Additional travel fees apply.

Workshops

African Games Workshop
Artists teach creativity through traditional games.

Drumming Workshop
Students learn the basics of palm drumming on artist-provided drums and get to create their own rhythmic patterns, culminating in a jam session. (maximum 15 students)

Sights and Sounds of Africa Workshop
Students listen to a variety of instruments and participate in an improv band.

Please contact us for Workshop prices.

Additional travel fees apply.

Audience, Adults, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Preschool

Art Forms, Dance, Music, Storytelling

Program Type, Performance, Residency, Workshop

Curriculum/Theme, Character/SEL, Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages

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