Chester Corpt

May 4, 2021

Chester was born in Detroit, one of the great centers of American music, and, at a particularly exciting time, raised on a steady diet of Motown soul, early 60’s folk, neighborhood garage bands, jazz, and the rock explosion of the counterculture 60’s. However, within this wide range of styles he was beginning to learn how […]

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Frank Ulwenya

April 7, 2020

Frank Ulwenya was born into the Luya ethnic group in the Maragoli area of Western Kenya, an area known for producing many of Kenya’s top musicians. Frank started to play guitar at age 10 and at 18 began to play in a group called the Sky Raiders, based in Nairobi, Kenya. From 1979 to 1985 […]

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Kofi Anang

April 7, 2020

Born 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. Having traveled […]

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Lora Chiorah-Dye

April 7, 2020

Lora Chiorah-Dye was raised first in a traditional home and then at a mission in Zimbabwe. She first came to the United States in the 1970’s to join her then husband, Dumisani Maraire. Teaching her three children the marimba and mbira music of Zimbabwe, Lora began to create the nucleus of a musical ensemble. In […]

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Wawali Bonane

April 7, 2020

Wawali Bonane was born in Banningville (now Bandundu), in the Democratic Republic of Congo (ex-Zaire). He was weaned on the sounds and rhythms of the Bandundu region. In 1966, Wawali dropped out of school with friend and partner Pepe Kalle, now one of Congo’s top stars, to form their first band, Les Monkoy. In 1974, […]

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William Chapman Nyaho

December 9, 2019

William Chapman Nyaho, a Ghanaian American and resident of Seattle, studied at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University (UK), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Honour School of Music. He continued his piano studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland, the Eastman School of Music where he graduated with […]

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Obo Addy

October 8, 2019

Born in Ghana, the son of a traditional healer, Obo Addy grew up around the drumming and vocal music of Ghana’s Ga people. Along with his brothers, Yacoub and Mustapha, Obo formed a dynamic group, which quickly rose to the top of Ghana’s booming music scene in the mid-1960’s. After touring Africa, Europe, Australia, and […]

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Etienne Cakpo

January 6, 2017

Etienne Cakpo is an award-winning professional dancer, choreographer and musician from Benin, West Africa. He teaches and performs traditional African dance from Benin as well as contemporary African dance styles, and has been building his dance and music repertoire for nearly thirty years. He directs Gansango Music & Dance, a performing arts group that works […]

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