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© Volta Drum Dance from Ghana, West Africa​. 2019 by Nani Agbeli.

About Volta

The story of Volta Drum Dance begins with our artistic director, Nani Agbeli, who was born and raised in Ghana to a family deeply immersed in the culture and traditions there. Nani has travelled across the world to showcase and teach about his heritage and currently heads the West African Music, Dance, and Arts program at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). It was there that he began to cultivate a professional group to play traditional Ghanaian music in the USA. 

 

Volta Drum Dance is proud to display our diverse membership. We come from varying countries, races, and religions, but one thing we have in common is respect for and fascination with traditional Ghanaian drumming, dancing, and singing. Every member of Volta was chosen for his or her skill and dedication to the music, most of us having studied with Nani at CalArts. 

 

Ghanaian music combines the powers of drumming, dancing, and singing to connect communities and tell the stories of important cultural people and events to new generations. This distinct feeling of musical connectedness has no equal in American culture, and so we are committed to sharing it. Volta draws on the extensive cultural knowledge of artistic director Nani Agbeli to achieve faithful performances with accurate costumes and traditional instruments. 

 

Volta Drum and Dance provides a unique experience that you do not want to miss.

Nani Agbeli (Read more)
Nani Agbeli was born into a family of dancers and drummers in Ghana and was trained by his father, Godwin Agbeli. Nani then studied at the National Arts Center in Accra and led the cultural troupe Sankofa Roots II. Nani has led ensembles at many universities, including Tufts, Harvard, Berklee, and Edna Manley in Jamaica. He has been Artistic Director and lead dancer of the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society in Boston. Nani currently lives in Los Angeles and is the Director of African Music and Dance
Robin Hirshberg (Read more)
Robin started studying classical percussion at age eleven. She soon grew to love the marimba and focused her studies on modern marimba repertoire. She received a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Ball State University, studying under Dr. Erwin Mueller. She then earned an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. It was there that she was introduced to many world music traditions and fell in love with Ghanaian Music and Dance.
Nani Agbeli (Read more)
Nani Agbeli was born into a family of dancers and drummers in Ghana and was trained by his father, Godwin Agbeli. Nani then studied at the National Arts Center in Accra and led the cultural troupe Sankofa Roots II. Nani has led ensembles at many universities, including Tufts, Harvard, Berklee, and Edna Manley in Jamaica. He has been Artistic Director and lead dancer of the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society in Boston. Nani currently lives in Los Angeles and is the Director of African Music and Dance
Nani Agbeli (Read more)
Nani Agbeli was born into a family of dancers and drummers in Ghana and was trained by his father, Godwin Agbeli. Nani then studied at the National Arts Center in Accra and led the cultural troupe Sankofa Roots II. Nani has led ensembles at many universities, including Tufts, Harvard, Berklee, and Edna Manley in Jamaica. He has been Artistic Director and lead dancer of the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society in Boston. Nani currently lives in Los Angeles and is the Director of African Music and Dance
Nani Agbeli (Read more)
Nani Agbeli was born into a family of dancers and drummers in Ghana and was trained by his father, Godwin Agbeli. Nani then studied at the National Arts Center in Accra and led the cultural troupe Sankofa Roots II. Nani has led ensembles at many universities, including Tufts, Harvard, Berklee, and Edna Manley in Jamaica. He has been Artistic Director and lead dancer of the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society in Boston. Nani currently lives in Los Angeles and is the Director of African Music and Dance
Nani Agbeli (Read more)
Nani Agbeli was born into a family of dancers and drummers in Ghana and was trained by his father, Godwin Agbeli. Nani then studied at the National Arts Center in Accra and led the cultural troupe Sankofa Roots II. Nani has led ensembles at many universities, including Tufts, Harvard, Berklee, and Edna Manley in Jamaica. He has been Artistic Director and lead dancer of the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society in Boston. Nani currently lives in Los Angeles and is the Director of African Music and Dance
Nani Agbeli (Read more)
Nani Agbeli was born into a family of dancers and drummers in Ghana and was trained by his father, Godwin Agbeli. Nani then studied at the National Arts Center in Accra and led the cultural troupe Sankofa Roots II. Nani has led ensembles at many universities, including Tufts, Harvard, Berklee, and Edna Manley in Jamaica. He has been Artistic Director and lead dancer of the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society in Boston. Nani currently lives in Los Angeles and is the Director of African Music and Dance
Nani Agbeli (Read more)
Nani Agbeli was born into a family of dancers and drummers in Ghana and was trained by his father, Godwin Agbeli. Nani then studied at the National Arts Center in Accra and led the cultural troupe Sankofa Roots II. Nani has led ensembles at many universities, including Tufts, Harvard, Berklee, and Edna Manley in Jamaica. He has been Artistic Director and lead dancer of the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society in Boston. Nani currently lives in Los Angeles and is the Director of African Music and Dance
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