Emmanuel Tagoe

Ghana. African drums

Born in a traditional music and dance family, Emmanuel is one of Ghana's most respected master dance drummers touring throughout Africa and Europe with the prestigious National Arts Council Folkloric Company and the Dabuo Dance Company. His knowledge and expertise encompasses a wide variety of drumming styles and techniques and is a charismatic performer and workshop leader. Recordings of Emmanuel’s music comprise of a mix of Ghanain syncopation, Egyptian rhythms and Indian tabla in complex and captivating combination. Emmanuel made his musical debut with the afrobeat-rock group Osibisa, and shortly after became a key member of Steel'n Skin, helped to develop Ekome, Delado and Lanzel black dance groups and with Seth Daniel Laryea formed Yaa Asantewa in Haringey. Besides performing and working with the Grand Union Orchestra since 2001, Emmanuel is musical director and company supervisor of Adzido, the UK's leading Pan African dance and drumming company. In 1989 he was presented with the Black Dance Development Trust Award of "Best Musician in Britain". His film credits include: "The Sailors Return" and "Ama" by Kwesi Owusu and Kwate Nee Owoo and "Absolute Beginners" with David Bowie.


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