2013 was an exciting year for Frititi, highlights being performances at the Enthronement of the Archbishop of Canterbury in March, and at the Singapore F1 Grand Prix event in September.
In August we held our second residential teaching weekend in the remote but beautiful Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, for a full weekend of drumming, dancing, singing which included two great sessions on the beach.
Following the success of his first solo album “African Roots”, a celebration of traditional Ga music, Nii has been in the studio regularly working on the follow up CD. A fresh sound rooted in African rhythm and melody, but which reflects his extensive international journey.
From the beautiful tones of the balafon, to haunting Celtic violin, rockers reggae rhythms to Welsh harp, this project is really sensational. There will be an all star new band touring in 2014 - watch this space!
2014 also sees the launch of Nii Okai Tagoe’s African Dance Academy. Combine Nii’s cultural heritage, his time in Adzido and Frititi, his knowledge of Kung Fu, his shining personality and positive energy and you know you have a African dance and drumming teacher second to none. If you want to learn genuine dances from across Africa from a tutor with a meticulous eye for the different postures, gestures and stance of each different cultural group, Nii is the teacher for you!
This year we will again be offering residential weekends and performances, and hope to launch some regional teaching days. Most excitingly we will be starting building work on the academy which will sit on Nii’s land in Accra, Ghana so start saving for your ticket in 2015!!