African Song and Dance

Yaw “Eugene” Amponsah
Master of the Ashanti Percussion

Yaw Amponsah was raised in a musical family from Ghana west Africa. He was exposed to the arts and culture by his father the legendary Ghanaian Musician Koo Nimo. As a young boy he was immersed in to the complex drumming culture of the Ashanti people. A Versatile percussionist, he plays many styles of music from Ghana such as Fontomfrom, Kete, Akom, Adowa, Waka, Aduro and kpanlogo. Coming from a family of drummers he has mastered the traditional rhythms of Odonson, palmwine and high life music. As an expert of traditional Ashanti music Yaw and his band Anokye Agofomma have performed at most of Seattle’s main musical events such as Folklife and Rhythm festival. He also led an Ashanti art exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum and performed at the sculpture park in 2001. He is also known for playing with Seattle Symphony at the Benaroya Hall, Manghis Khan Jazz quartet, Soyaya, Gansango, and Yeke Yeke. He has also played and recordered with many local and international musicians in the Seattle Washington area.

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