West African arts and culture through music and dance
Elementary School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies, High School Assemblies, Residencies, Classroom Presentations, Workshops, Family Concerts, Community Festivals
Culture Studies, Dance, Music, History & Social Sciences, World History
The Kusun Ensemble is an extraordinary ensemble of musicians and dancers based in Ghana, West Africa. Founded by Nii Tettey Tetteh, the group includes past and present members of The National Ballet and The Pan African Orchestra. Although rooted in traditional music, the group has developed a new brand of music and dance they have dubbed "Nokoko." They have created innovative rhythms and dances by fusing bass and lead guitar with traditional Ghanaian instruments to produce an electrifying blend of jazz and African music. On a mission to share this new style of Ghanaian music, the ensemble has been dazzling audiences in Ghana and around the world. In their performance The Kusun Ensemble will show the audience songs and dances that speak about daily life in West Africa in particular, demonstrating how the drums are used to communicate from one village to the next, and using dance to demonstrate the important rituals and passages of West African life.