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West to West

Released on ARC record label 27th May 2016 the critical acclaim for ‘West to West’ is already gaining momentum…

http://worldmusiccentral.org/2016/06/06/master-drummer-reflects-on-his-wide-ranging-international-music-journey/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03yjy3w

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Following the success of his first solo album “African Roots”, Nii’s second album brings a fresh sound – a music rooted in African rhythm and melody but which reflects his extensive international journey.

He brought together a group of musicians with roots in Venezuela, Ghana, Wales, Nigeria, France, and The Caribbean. The assembled musicians have played with the likes of Osibisa, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, George Harrison, Jamiroquai, Johnny Nash, Zion Train and Roy Ayers to name but a few.

The music is like nothing you’ve heard before – a unique sound combining ancient elements and tradition, with sounds more familiar in Western Europe. The drum, the first instrument and the balafon, the first piano meet the mellifluous sounds of Emmanuel Rentzos’ keyboard, interwoven with the great Paddy Le Mercier’s haunting celtic violin and the Welsh harp as played by Ellen Mason.

The live show not only draws on a pool of amazing musicians, but combines the music with superb African dance courtesy of his dance and drumming group Frititi and explores how things relate to each other melodically, historically and geographically.

Nii takes to the stage as always with energy and positivity in a show to make you dance and lose yourself in music, but also to make you think; for example the lyrics in Ga are like ancient parables but are spoken directly in a 21st century style.

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The performance is accompanied by workshops and or lecture demonstrations, available and adaptable for adults and children from all backgrounds, abilities and walks of life. The workshops are intended to look at the creative process, the physical playing of the instruments and to analyse the themes of the concert in more detail as well as teaching song, dance and rejoicing in the art of living life without prejudice and for each moment.

Accra Academy

Building work continues and Nii hopes to welcome the first visitors in 2017.