Program description


For a simple showcase performance, Volta will put together a program to fit any time constraint, or lack thereof, in order to entertain or gather an audience. Whether the audience is familiar with Ghanaian styles of music or not, the energetic performance and colorful costumes will capture everyone’s attention from start to finish. Performances can be either interactive, encouraging audience participation, or not. 


In an educational setting, Volta creates a bridge between two cultures tailored to the specific audience. We impart a general cultural understanding of West African musical traditions, which allows students to develop a sense of global awareness. Levels of specificity can vary with age groups, from basic explanations about costumes and culture for young children to comparing the African aural learning style to the vastly different written notation of Western music. At any age level, Volta provides a short (or long) showcase of the music at a high level in addition to either speaking on pre-arranged topics or a simple student-led question and answer session.


Volta offers two different styles of workshops, one for children and one for college students/adults. A children’s workshop will include more hands-on activities, keeping them engaged in learning drumming, dancing, singing, or some combination thereof. A workshop for adults can delve into more abstract thinking, incorporating the meanings of the songs and the interplay between the various drums and the dance motions. In either style, Volta offers a short (or long) showcase of the music at a high level in addition to instructional time and opportunities to ask questions.




USC Visions and Voices

USC Visions and Voices is an amazing initiative that brings together a wide range of cultural events. For their 2019-2020 season, our Artistic Director, Nani Agbeli, will be giving a presentation that demonstrates the power of Ghanaian culture and opens a conversation about the related philosophical notions of sankofa in health, wellness, and community life. Volta Drum Dance is proud to be able to support Nani with a performance and to be able to share the stage with other prominent artists, including C.K. Ladzekpo and David Locke. Nani will also be giving a workshop the week after the presentation, Thursday April 9th. Visit the link below for more information and to RSVP


Tommy's Place (TCC) USC

3601 Trousdale PkwyLos Angeles, CA 90089, USA

Saturday, April 4th

From 6 pm - 9 pm



Nani Agbeli directs Pomonas West African Drum and Dance Ensemble, in a program featuring traditional Ghanaian music and dance. On the guest list, they are inviting Volta Drum Dance to come showcase our skills. We are glad for the opportunity to support students pursuing this music and look forward to sharing our enthusiasm for traditional music and dance!. Join us as we take the stage at the end of their semester for an exciting performance! 

Pomona College West African Drum and Dance ensemble.

Monday, December 2nd 8:00 PM

Lyman Hall

Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building. 340 N. College


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