4/3/2008 Kusun Ensemble to perform
McMINNVILLE – Traditional music and dance of Ghana will be showcased in a performance by Nii Tettey Tetteh and the Kusun Ensemble on Wednesday, April 23, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.
The Kusun Ensemble, based in Ghana, West Africa, and founded by Nii Tettey Tetteh, features past members of the National Ballet and the Pan African Orchestra. Although based in traditional music, the ensemble has developed a new brand of music and dance dubbed "Nokoko." They have created unique rhythms and dances by fusing bass, lead guitar, jazz and African rhythms, and traditional Ghanaian instruments. The band is considered one of Ghana's most innovative and powerful music and dance ensembles. They have been teaching and performing in the United States for five years.
Tetteh is an internationally acclaimed musician, educator and composer from Southern Ghana. His family is the hereditary keeper of his village's royal drums and he kept up this family tradition all of his life by struggling to maintain and nurture the traditional instruments, music and rhythms of West Africa. He teaches and performs all over the world, and wherever he goes, he brings his Kashakas. Tetteh has not only mastered how to play two Kashakas at once, he plays different rhythms in each hand, creating beautiful and complex polyrhythms.
The program is sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Music and International Programs. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or 503-883-2222.