Amamere Folk Music & Dance Ensemble Outlines Vision

Badu Evans, the leader of the Amamere Folk Music & Dance Ensemble, one of the leading cultural dance groups in Ghana, says that this year, his group will embark on educational campaign tour to educate Ghanaians on the country’s culture.

He said Amamere Folk Music & Dance Ensemble, which is among a few cultural groups that have lifted high the image of Ghana on international platforms is also set to stage a series of live cultural musical performances in the country this year to entertain cultural music fans.

According to him, the group which was formed two decades ago to promote Ghanaian and African cultural values, both at home and abroad has had tremendous success in terms of international engagements.

In an interview with Beatwaves yesterday, Badu Evans disclosed that the group will from March this year organise intensive training programmes on African cultures through the visual and performing arts for students in both second cycle and tertiary institutions throughout the country.

He noted that the group was still negotiating with some selected institutions in the country where it would train and help develop talents in the youth.

The group leader hinted that very soon the group would stage live musical performances and drama in some of the second cycle institutions to encourage the young ones to develop interest in traditional music and dance.

He noted that for the past years, the group had been involved in the promotion and development of traditional Ghanaian music and dance, and based on its outstanding performances, the group had last year, participated in a number of cultural festivals in Ghana and abroad.

Badu Evans stressed that the ultimate mission of the group is to promote African culture through dances and music to showcase the richness of African traditional values, adding that it will continue to inspire the youth and assist young Ghanaian artistes to expose their talents.

The Amamere Folk Music and Dance Ensemble is a member of the Centre for Arts and Culture, National Commission on Culture, Ghana Export Promotion Council and Ghana Monument Board. It affiliates internationally with Cioff, IOV, CID (international festival organizers) Austria, and is the only West African representative of Leading University of Dance, Theatre and Show Organisation – Mandova, Italy.

By George Clifford Owusu ([email protected])

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