Program Information

Number of Artists: 9

Grade Levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12, Family, K-2, K-5

Program Length: 45 minutes

Ideal Audience Size: Any

Maximum Audience Size: None

Setup Time: 60 minutes

Breakdown Time: 30 minutes

Technical Requirements: Large open area, at least 12' x 16', at least 3 microphones, PA system

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Artists Fees

Single Fee: $1,500 - $1750 plus travel

Back to Back Fee: $2,000 - $2,400 plus travel

Work Shop Fee: $200 - $300 per hour

Travel

.45 per mile from Floyd, VA.

Fee Notes

5-pc ensemble Single:$850 - $1050 plus travel. 10-pc ensemble Single:$1250 - $1650 plus travel. May require lodging for 10 the night before the residency. Private house is acceptable. The Kusun Ensemble is only available as a Touring Artist, for residencies of 2 days or more.

Kusun Ensemble

West African arts and culture through music and dance

Category

Dance, Music

Program Type

Elementary School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies, High School Assemblies, Residencies, Classroom Presentations, Workshops, Family Concerts, Community Festivals

Subject Areas

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.