International Flair and Global Resonance

  • November 6, 2018

Kwame Ansah-Brew performs in the United Nations General Assembly on September 21st

Kwame Ansah-Brew of Anansegromma of Ghana was invited to open a memorial tribute to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the United Nations in New York City on September 21st, 2018. Kwame was personally asked by Ghana’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, who knew of Kwame’s talent as a musician and drummer, and recognized him as the ideal artist to present the cultural traditions of their homeland. Kwame played a ceremonial dirge of the Asante Kingdom (on the odurugya flute), which honors royalty when they pass on to the ancestral world. He was also commissioned to write an ode to Kofi Annan and perform it on the “talking drums.”

Here is a video of the reverential event (Kwame’s performance in the first ten minutes): United Nations Tribute to Kofi Annan

We are privileged to work with Kwame and many talented artists whose work is an extension of their cultural heritage. Their performances embody authentic traditions of their country of origin, through music, dance, and storytelling. The caliber of the talent and the personal connections with their traditions is often realized through requests from area embassies. This includes artists such Andes MantaGerdanBarynya, and Shizumi, who have worked with the embassies of Ecuador, Ukraine, Russia and Japan respectively.

All these Artivate artists, and many more, are available to share their cultural traditions with your community: See more on Artivate Artists here