in Pakro, in the eastern region of Ghana, Kofi Anang
exhibited talent as both a dancer and musician from
his youth. After graduating from the University of Ghana's
Institute of African Studies with honors, Kofi spent
seven years with the Ghana National Dance Ensemble and
performed throughout Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
traveled for five years with the internationally acclaimed
group, Oboade, in 1978 Kofi chose to settle in Seattle
and pursue his individual musical vision. In Seattle,
Kofi formed the group Ocheami to teach and perform African
music and dance. Over the past twenty years, Ocheami
has established a vast network of students and fans.
out from his traditional roots to the many influences
he has absorbed in his travels, Kofi now explores ways
of blending the traditional arts of Ghana with contemporary
international forms of expression. The music on Safarini
represents a foray into a new musical territory for
Kofi and his audience. Kofi created these songs while
he was a featured artist in Jack Straw Productions'
1995 Artist Support Program. As part of this program,
Kofi experimented with adding Australian didjeridu,
flute, and electronic percussion to traditional African
contains two of Kofi Anang's songs - Hail, which
uses the Ghanian kalimba to represent the sound of hail
or raindrops on an iron roof, and Ko. "Ko"
means "forest", Kofi uses nature sounds and careful
arrangements to create a traditional sound environment
in this piece, based on traditional arrangements and
using modern instrumentation.