Kpanlogo Dance-Drumming Party w/ CK Ladzekpo | SFJAZZ
Kpanlogo Dance-Drumming Party w/ CK Ladzekpo
Kpanlogo originated in Accra, the capital city of Ghana and the traditional home of the Ga people. It is essentially an urban youth dance-drumming and a symbol of the commitment of a rapidly growing Ghanaian urban neighborhood youth in advocating their perspective in shaping the political vision of postcolonial Africa. This workshop with master drummer and renowned educator CK Ladzekpo will explore the foundation rhythms of this social cultural drumming of Ghana, West Africa.
Master drummer CK Ladzekpo has combined a brilliant career as a performer, choreographer, composer and educator, with his extensive scholarly research into African performing arts. He is a member of a famous family of African musicians and dancers who traditionally serve as lead drummers and composers among the Anlo-Ewe people of southeastern Ghana in West Africa. C.K. Ladzekpo has been a lead drummer and instructor with the Ghana National Dance Ensemble, the University of Ghana's Institute of African Studies, and the Arts Council of Ghana. In 1973 he joined the music faculty of the University of California at Berkeley and remains an influential catalyst of the African perspective in the performing arts. In 1973 he also founded the critically acclaimed African Music and Dance Ensemble. CK has received a number of awards for his work including: National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer's Fellowship (1988-1989), Irvine Choreographer's Fellowship (1999), Ruth Beckford Extraordinary People In Dance Award (1999), the Izzies Sustained Achievement award (2013), and San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival’s Malonga Casquelourd Lifetime Achievement Award. CK has been a member of the faculty council of the East Bay Center for Performing Arts (Richmond CA) since 1974, and in 2007 became a co-artistic director of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.