African Drumming and Dancing Performances

World Rhythm Festival 2000, Salem, OR
Photo: Chris Jacobson; World Beat Rhythm Festival; Salem, OR; Summer 2000

"Nobody can shake it like Nii Ardey Allotey!! And nothing can get the audience on their feet like the authentic African drums of his group, beating out the rhythm, while his African dancers mesmerize the audience with their grace and agility!"

Upcoming Performances

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Selected Past Performances

February 23, 2006  4:00pm  Willamette University

Willamette University students, faculty and staff honored Black History Month by holding the school’s first Africa Day Celebration.  Performing at the inaugural celebration were Baba Wagué, a storyteller from Mali and Ekome, who performed drumming and dancing.

June 4, 2005 7:00pm  Trema CD Release Performance

Come join us for an infectiously grooving performance of traditional Ghanaian drumming and dancing. Ghana, a lovely country in coastal West Africa, is renowned for its friendly energy, colorful pageantry and irresistible rhythms. This performance, held in the beautiful auditorium of the St. Mary's Academy in downtown Portland, will feature music, costumes, traditional Ghanaian food and more. Come share in the excitement of Nii Ardey Allotey's newly released CD, Trema.

April 16, 2005 11:30am-1:00pm  Earth Day at the Oregon Garden

Come see Nii Ardey Allotey & Ekome in a traditional performance of drumming and dancing amongst the flowers in the beautiful Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon as part of the garden's annual Earth Day celebration.

August 24, 2003  1:00-2:30  Music of Three Continents,  Reed College,   Portland, OR

Nii Ardey Allotey will be a special guest in Barry Deister & Friends' performance in the beautiful chapel within Reed College's Elliot Hall.  He will lead an African ensemble which will combine with a full jazz ensemble for some expansive musical collaboration.  Sprinkle that with  Deister's solo classical piano for a very full afternoon.  

Feb. 23, 2002  2:00-3:00pm  University Park Community Center,  9009 N. Foss,   Portland, OR

This will be a good opportunity to see traditional Ghanaian drumming and dancing in an intimate setting.  The performance is part of a series of classes that Nii Ardey will be teaching for the young people of the community.  The Community Center is 7-8 blocks North of Lombard, just west of Chautauqua near the University of Portland.

September 30 & October 6, 2001   11:00am   World Animal FestivalOregon Zoo

July 14, 2001   7:00pm   Multnomah Arts Center,  7688 SW Capitol Hwy.,   Portland, OR

Nii Ardey Allotey's biggest show of the year, this was a full evening of food and music.  Nii Ardey and his band, Ekome, served up a performance of traditional african dancing and drumming from Ghana.  Special guest dancers added even more spice and energy to the mix.  Those who made it to the show were treated to a fantastic performance.

June 24, 2001  3:00pm   World Beat Festival,   Salem, OR

This is a great yearly festival held yearly on the edge of the Willamette River in Salem, Oregon.  Nii Ardey has been a frequent performer at this weekend-long festival along with a host of performers from all around the world.  This year's show was, however, surely the wettest on record.  Torrential downpours parted at show time, however, and Nii Ardey and his troupe put on a blistering show.  The nearly empty amphitheater as the show started filled quickly as the skies parted and the music began.  It was worth the soggy wait!!

March 31, 2001 India Earthquake Benefit at St. Mary's Academy, Portland

"Rasika Arts and Culture Council trots out this eclectic evening of global music and dance.  Carnatic composer and percussionist T.V. Gopalakrishnan spearheads the event, with help from vocalist Meera Rajkumar, but jazz help from Akbar DePriest, Janice Scroggins, Gary Harris and Skip Bowman, plus African drumming from Nii Ardey Allotey, expand the musical focus beyond the boundaries of the Indian subcontinent."; Willamette Week


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