DANCE & SING... with
master drummer Kwasi Dunyo from Ghana, West Africa. Discover
the excitement and joy of traditional Ghanaian styles of music
and dance. Let Kwasi Dunyo introduce you to a culture whose
people share freely in their joy of the music.
Frederick Kwasi Dunyo was born at the Ewe village of Dagbamete,
in the Volta Region of Ghana. He has been playing the drums
from the time he could barely reach the top of them. Since
then, he has directed, coached, taught, drummed, and danced
extensively in a variety of contexts.
was the lead drummer for Sankofa Dance Theatre from 1977
to 1981 where, under the tutelage of Godwin Agbeli, he learned
much of his repertoire of Ghanaian music. In 1992, Kwasi
Dunyo was the recipient of a Visiting Foreign Artist grant
from the Canadian government which provided the basis for
his first trip to North America. Kwasi's open and generous
teaching style, and his love of the music has earned him
is the member of the faculties of York University, University
of Toronto, Royal Conservatory of Music and the Toronto
District School Board. He has also performed and given workshops
at many Canadian and American universities including the
University of Alberta, University of Saskatchewan, Guelph
University, University of Waterloo, University of Western
Ontario, McMaster University, Brock University, Memorial
University, University of Virginia, Tennessee Technological
University, and William and Mary University.
has taught in public schools in Ontario and Virginia, he
took part in a Sound Symposium in St. John's Newfoundland
in July 1992, and performed at Toronto's First Night in
1996 and 1997. Kwasi is now a member of the Society of Ethnomusicology
of North America.
Kwasi's current curriculum vitae.