Born in Nsawam (a town in south Ghana) into a famous family of drummers, at the age of 6yrs, I was inspired by my grandmother “Abiba Okailey Ablah” as she taught me drumming by singing traditional rhythms.
The family of Royal Master Ghanaian Drummers is not only steeped in the traditions of Ghanaian music and dance, but also in the folklore of traditional medicines. Mentored by, and under the instruction of my uncle, Mustapha Tettey Addy; Master Drummer, anthropologist and researcher in the field of traditional music and dance.
Apart from running numerous workshops and master classes, I worked with the legendary CREAM drummer Ginger Baker, and have been for the past 13 years, touring legendary Jazz venues and festivals around the globe. We performed and produced clinics and workshops together and recorded an album in 2014, Titled; “WHY”.
In 2015 I was invited to play on Van Morrison’s album, titled, DUETS. Since then I have been involved in many innovative performances, recordings, TV appearances and educational projects, for example in 2012 I performed for a season of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Julius Caesar, which was an exciting African interpretation of a legendary and classic story.
My educational workshops invite people of all ages and abilities to participate in, and contribute to complex and dynamic Ghanaian music and dance, through residents, workshops, lectures and demonstrations.
I live in the UK, working full time as a professional musician, providing authentic African music, as well as Jazz rhythms and improvisation. I love playing music as it makes me feel like I am walking on the moon.
In 1987, at aged 12, I began my drumming career in Kokrobite Ghana where I joined the group named Akrowa, led by Mustapha Tettey- Addey a world renowned master drummer.
At aged 19, after a short stint with the group Gawa Africa led by Odarkwei, I moved to the city of Accra to perform with the Ghana Scout Group. By this time I achieved the status of Master Drummer.
Nii Boye is a professional singer, dancer, flautist, percussionist and teacher hailing from Ghana, West Africa
Stella has taught African Dance in schools and has performed both nationally and internationally for 20 years now. She has been delivering workshops sharing her knowledge and passion with students of all ages and ability. She has taught many student within communities, Europe, America and abroad, at the Academy of African Music and Arts Ltd (A.A.M.A) founded by Mustapha Tettey Addy.
Her recent project was with children with difficult needs and the out-come was so great that, she intends to develop her skills on that area as well. Stella is a versatile dancer with an infectious talent for performing and teaching, and an energy which inspires joy in everyone.
Gilbert Yaw Cofie better known as Yaw Cofie is a Master African Drummer and Dancer of 18 years experience from Ghana. Performing, teaching and choreographing using many forms of African dance has taken him to Singapore, South & East Africa, and Europe, where he enjoys sharing his passion for African Performing Arts with all who are willing to learn. He has also been working with One Drum for the past 5 years.
Sherifa began dancing at the age of eight. She first honed her skills as a traditional African dancer and then moved on to study contemporary dance, becoming the first woman to win the Ghana Freestyle Dance Championships.
She featured in many London productions including the highly acclaimed Storm Force in 2004. Prior to this, Sherifa has appeared in many International productions as dancer for Ghanaian and West African musician.