Dear Artists and Friends of Artivate,
We are profoundly saddened to report the unexpected passing of one of our cherished performing artists, Kwame Ansah-Brew, on June 7th.
Kwame, along with long-time friend and co-artist, Kofi Dennis, has performed and taught as Anansegromma of Ghana for thousands of people across the greater DC region through Artivate, formerly Class Acts Arts, for more than 20 years. Kwame also has been an integral part of Artivate’s Project Youth ArtReach since 2003, leading West African djembe drumming workshops for hundreds of young people inside detention centers across Maryland. He was highly respected in both the US and Ghana for his exceptional drumming and teaching abilities. He received many honors, including being invited by Ghana’s Ambassador to the United Nations to perform at the UN in New York City to honor Kofi Annan.
Kwame’s warm heart, infectious smile, talent and virtuosity as a musician and teacher will be deeply missed. Our thoughts are with his wife, Josephine, and their three children. Kwame was from Asiakwa, Ghana, and was 51 years old.
To learn more about Kwame, please read his bio here: //www.msac.org/artists/kwame-ansah-brew. In the tradition of Kwame’s home country of Ghana, if you wish to make a contribution to his widow, Josephine Ansah-Brew, please contact Claire Schwadron, Senior Director, Project Youth ArtReach of Artivate: 301-613-1335 or Claire@goartivate.org or contribute here: www.gofundme.com/support-for-widow-amp-family-of-kwame