Dancing and Drumming Workshop with Master Drummer Emmanuel Attah Poku
Join us for our upcoming Kpanlogo class where you’ll learn how to dance and drum in this traditional West African genre.
In a 2-hour session, Mr. Attah Poku will teach attendees how to dance and drum the traditional West African genre called Kpanlogo. As the director of the Kiniwe dance ensemble at Tufts, he has developed a method for teaching dance remotely, and will bring his knowledge and expertise to our community – helping us to learn more about his rich culture.
This Spring, a theory course: Music in Ghana, West Africa, is being offered by Professor Felicia Sandler, and it is through an invitation from this class that Mr. Poku has agreed to join us.
All are welcome. Please come, and bring your dancing shoes.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
About Emmanuel Attah Poku
Emmanuel Attah Poku is a prominent master drummer from the Ashanti Region of Ghana, West Africa. Born and raised inside the walls of the Ashanti King's palace, Attah began training with his grandfather when he was only five years old, and officially joined the Ashanti King's drum ensemble when he was ten. Performing as lead drummer for the Kumasi Centre for National Culture, the Ashanti King's Fontomfrom ensemble, and the renowned Nsuase Kete group, Attah has toured Africa extensively, playing in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Togo, and Benin. Attah is currently based in Boston, Massachusetts, where he directs the Kiniwe African Music and Dance Ensemble at Tufts University and is the Artistic Director of the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society, founded by Professor David Locke (Music Department, Tufts University.) Attah Poku has performed for internationally renowned figures such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prince Charles of Wales, movie star Steven Seagal, heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis, and presidents of many African nations including Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia.