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The Director

Meet the Team

African Dance Rhythms Ensemble

The Director

Fofoo Attiso (AKA Apey) is a Master Dancer from Ghana, West Africa, who specializes in many forms of dance including traditional African, freestyle, hip hop, and contemporary. He has been dancing since he was nine years old, training under many Ghanaian masters. He is a dynamic dancer who astounds audiences with his electrifying interpretations of traditional and original dances by imbuing them with his own unique style and explosive energy.

 

Fofoo studied dance pedagogy and choreography at Aiken Hyde Dance School in Ghana, which has enabled him to become an accomplished dance teacher. In 2012 led a group of young students who went on to win the nationwide dance competition in Ghana called Amazing Child, which was televised on Ghana Public Television.

 

From 2006-2016 Fofoo served as a senior associate lecturer at the University of Legion in the Performing Arts Department. He has danced professionally with eight dance ensembles in Ghana and also travelled internationally to share his talent through performance. His passion for traditional African Dance has taken him to Germany, Israel, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Scotland and Ireland. This has given him the unique opportunity to share his passion with diverse audiences.

 

In additional to preforming, Fofoo is especially proud of his work in schools with children over the last ten years before migrating to the United States in 2022. He has taught African Dance,

Drumming, Storytelling and Games in schools during his travels, sharing his passion with all ages. The joy and excitement he has brought to students from his workshops is inspiring. He

is determined to bring his passion for African Dance and culture to schools in the United States through his performances and workshops.

Apey is a master dancer from Ghana, West Africa, who specializes in many forms of dance including Master drummer Tettey Bortey (Mustapha) grew up in Nungua, Accra, and still lives there to this day. He started drumming at the age of 6, and spent many years visiting villages in Ghana, learning the rhythms of different tribes. His teachers also taught him rhythms from Togo, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Tanzania.  “My father was a drummer, and I learned to play the kpanlogo from my father’s group Esefuo when I was young. I played the talking drum at school and frequently drummed with friends in my town. Through these many years of practice and learning, I have developed a deep knowledge of West African rhythms and all West African instruments.” 
Over the years, Mustapha has played with many ensembles, including Fourbag, Nokoyedjen, Oguns (Nigeria), Wasa Africa, Indiginal Africa Orchestra (Government sponsored orchestra), Salaka, Aborwormomo (Nungua all-stars group), Anunyam, African Showboyz (Northern region), and many more. 
Mustapha started teaching workshops at the age of 10, and has taught students from all over the world. He has taught in various schools, prisons, orphanages, in Ghana and Australia. 


“I look forward to continue to share my knowledge of traditional West African music with the world!”

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Mustapha Tettey

Beatrice Momo Laryea

Beatrice was born and raised in Nungua which is located in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. As she centered her interest in dancing at the age of 12 years she joined professional dance groups. This gave her the exposure to build upon her dancing abilities performing on great platforms and experience performing with great musicians.

 

Beatrice is an accomplished performer who shares her skills when teaching dance during numerous workshop events. She is extremely energetic and inspiring dancer who makes the most of entertaining her audience great facial expression and joy.

Konu is a musician born and bred in Accra. Over the years he has taught himself to play many instruments, notably the Atenteben (Bamboo flute), Gome, and Mbira, but he is mainly known for his dazzling skills on the Kalimba and the Xylophone. In November 1999, he performed for the Queen of England on her last visit to Ghana. He has graced stages of well established musicians over the years, performed for the Sultan of Brunei and many other heads of state. In 2000 and 2002 played in Germany with Indigen Africa. 
The accompaniment of the Kalimba and his soothing voice is sometimes used for relaxation therapy and he is the most sought after when it comes to anything Kalimba related in Ghana.

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Worlali Konu

Kalimba and Xylophone

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Mustapha Tettey

Master drummer Tettey Bortey (Mustapha) grew up in Nungua, Accra, and still lives there to this day. He started drumming at the age of 6, and spent many years visiting villages in Ghana, learning the rhythms of different tribes. His teachers also taught him rhythms from Togo, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Tanzania.  “My father was a drummer, and I learned to play the kpanlogo from my father’s group Esefuo when I was young. I played the talking drum at school and frequently drummed with friends in my town. Through these many years of practice and learning, I have developed a deep knowledge of West African rhythms and all West African instruments.” Over the years, Mustapha has played with many ensembles, including Fourbag, Nokoyedjen, Oguns (Nigeria), Wasa Africa, Indiginal Africa Orchestra (Government sponsored orchestra), Salaka, Aborwormomo (Nungua all-stars group), Anunyam, African Showboyz (Northern region), and many more.
Mustapha started teaching workshops at the age of 10, and has taught students from all over the world. He has taught in various schools, prisons, orphanages, in Ghana and Australia. “I look forward to continue to share my knowledge of traditional West African music with the world!”

Beatrice was born and raised in Nungua located in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. As she centered my interest in dancing at the age of 12 years, so she joined professional dance groups which gave her the exposure to build upon her dancing abilities performing on great platforms and experience in performing with great musicians as well as teaching during numerous workshop events. 
She is extremely energetic and inspiring dancer who makes the most of entertaining her audience great facial expression and joy.

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Beatrice Momo Laryea

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Daniel Marmah Martey

Daniel Marmah Martey is a Ghanaian professional percussionist and composer who

specializes in the playing of African palm drums. As a Jembe soloist, he has performed since 2009 on several prestigious stages across West Africa including the opening concert of the 2008 African Cup of Nations and at world music and pop concerts in Nigeria, Togo and Benin.

 

Over the last 2 years, Daniel has played as a member of the renowned Ayekoo Drummers of Ghana. He is also the master drummer for the Mansa World musical theatre production in

collaboration with artists from the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Legon.

 

Due to Daniel’s unique experimentations with African percussion, he has collaborated with

and earned the respect of many local artists. His simplified technique for teaching West

African drumming has earned him recognition in several schools in Ghana where he has provided percussion workshops since 2017.

David Afotey Odai was schooled at Nungua Methodist 1979 and was a day student at Osu Presbyterian high school in 1980. He widened his professional experiences through the National Theater of Ghana from 1998 to 2006. 
In 2002, Nii Afotey received a travel appointment with a certain group to Germany and celebrated Kidafest. He has performed extensively in Ghana with eminent musicians, including the late prof. Komena Amoako, former Director of National Theatre of Ghana, and the gospel artist Kofi Karikari in 2006. 
He is now a master drummer, and the leader of the Anunyam Dance Ensemble

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David Afotey Odai

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David Afotey Odai

David Nii Afotey Odai was schooled at Nungua Methodist 1979 and was a day student at Osu Presbyterian high school in 1980. He widened his professional experiences through the National Theater of Ghana from 1998 to 2006.
 

In 2002, Nii Afotey received a travel appointment with an ensemble to Germany and celebrated Kidafest. He has performed extensively in Ghana with eminent musicians, including the late Prof. Komena Amoako, former Director of National Theatre of Ghana, and the gospel artist Kofi Karikari in 2006.
He is now a master drummer, and the leader of the Anunyam Dance Ensemble.

 

Nii Afotey has worked with numerous tour groups in Ghana teaching a broad range of rhythms and songs from across Africa. 

Beatrice was born and raised in Nungua located in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. As she centered my interest in dancing at the age of 12 years, so she joined professional dance groups which gave her the exposure to build upon her dancing abilities performing on great platforms and experience in performing with great musicians as well as teaching during numerous workshop events. 
She is extremely energetic and inspiring dancer who makes the most of entertaining her audience great facial expression and joy.

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Beatrice Momo Laryea

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Worlali Konu

Kalimba and Xylophone

Konu is a musician born and bred in Accra. Over the years he has taught himself to play many instruments, notably the Atenteben (Bamboo flute), Gome, and Mbira, but he is mainly known for his dazzling skills on the Kalimba and the Xylophone. In November 1999, he performed for the Queen of England on her last visit to Ghana. He has graced stages of well established musicians over the years, and has performed for the Sultan of Brunei and many other heads of state. In 2000 and 2002 played in Germany with Indigen. 

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