Nii Okai Tagoe

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Choreography

As well as presenting meticulously observed traditional dances and drum patterns from across the African continent, Nii has choreographed many dances for Frititi performances since 1993.  In addition to this he choreographed sections of Patti Boulaye’s Sundance at The Royal Albert Hall; The Eurovision Song Contest; Peter Gabriel’s Millennium Dome Floor Show; ‘The Jungle Book’ in Dubai;  the Enthronement of Archbishop Rowan Williams;  the Enthronement of Archbishop Justin Welby; as well as creating original material for amongst others ADAD, Shikisha and African Headcharge.

Patti Boulaye

In 2005 for the bi annual Fespam event, he was invited by Bernard Bruchet to choreograph a show with Congolese “rebels” in Brazzaville.

The hopeful participants came from the hills to audition armed with guns and machete’s, but as Nii said “they are human like me”, and following many auditions and a six week intense training and choreography period, there came a stunning show charting the history of mankind in Africa.

Congo Show 1   Congo Show 3

It was a huge success and a massive achievement in terms of conflict resolution, so much so that Nii and Frititi were invited back to choreograph the 2007 African Football Youth Championship opening ceremony.

Nii’s television appearances include The Generation Game; Eurovision Song Contest; Joy to the World; Zulu dance for the BBC when Adzido initially received National Lottery Funding.