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.