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West African Music and Dance with Kwesi Anku

Grades: 6-13+
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  • Overview

    Kwesi Anku, Kwaku Manu, and Selasi Morgan are performing artists who teach at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, CA and are members of the Bay Area's West African Music and Dance Ensemble. Originally from Ghana, they came to the US to study dance with their professor at UC Berkeley, Dr. CK Ladzekpo. They stayed in the Bay Area to spread their love of music and dance and to provide opportunities for young people in their community to express themselves, using music and dance as tools for positive change.

  • West African Music and Dance with Kwesi Anku

    In this Art School video, Anku and Manu discuss their artistic intentions and the language behind their dance moves.

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    Copyright 2012 KQED San Francisco

  • West African Drumming

    Kwesi Anku, Kwaku Manu and Selasi Morgan demonstrate traditional Ghanaian drumming patterns and rhythms.

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  • West African History & Music

    Kwesi Anku and Kwaku Manu discuss the history of Ghana’s independence and its connection with their version of the ABC song.

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