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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Huge success of Song of Contagion!

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New BBC interview

Director Tony Haynes talks to Jimoke Fashola about this week's premiere of Song of Contagion. Skip to 02.52.04 to listen.

Song of Contagion promo video released

Featuring a taste of the music you will hear in our spectacular new show and interviews from the musicians involved

Booking opens for Song of Contagion!

Wilton's Music Hall, June 13th to 17th: tickets now on sale for our spectacular new show

Dates announced for 2017 Summer School

Our fourth annual Summer School runs from July 31st to August 3rd, Goldsmiths College, South London.

Exciting plans unveiled for 2017!

GUO's programme for the new year includes a brand new show at Wilton's Music Hall and a return to Portugal.

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High praise for GUO music education project

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Band Off The Wall

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GUO tracks are now available online...

Grand Union CDs and individual numbers can now be streamed from Spotify or bought from iTunes

Full-length DVD of Undream'd Shores

A DVD of the acclaimed Hackney Empire production is now available from the GUO online shop.

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