For more than 10 years, I have taken unpaid leave from my airline company in order to volunteer as a teacher for educational projects at deprived schools in Accra and to support the Ghana National Symphony Orchestra on the violin for many music projects at the National Theatre Accra and all around the country.
This fascinating activity has allowed me to get a deeper insight into Ghanaian art and culture, in short : Have the time of my life.
In particular getting the chance to work with ALIDU, a charismatic Lead Dancer of the National Dance Company Ghana, and local master drummers has opened my scope on the rich musical heritage of Ghana.
On the occasion of various outstanding shows (« Solma », « Diema », Aza », « Alkebulan’sAwakening – the History of Slavery in Africa », etc.), Alidu, a renowned dancer cum musician (flute, drums), didn’t just impress local connoisseurs ; international guests, diplomats, Presidents, Royals were equally taken with his exuberant dance solos and traditional rhythms of his music ensemble at many hotel venues, not to forget his ecstatic « Jira » dance moves from the North, defying gravity in hip swivelling motion…
Most guests were touched by the diversity of Ghanaian music styles, regional rhythms and songs ( Jira, Bamaya, Takai, Agbadza, Kpanlogo, Fumgbe Fumgbe, Gahu etc.) as well as contemporary dance styles mastered by Alidu, whose mantra is : « Art and music is the highest gift to Humanity ».
Apart from captivating the audience with vibrant dance moves, this versatile Ghanaian artist also excels in dance choreography and exquisite costume design upon demand for theatre shows and music groups.
In addition, Alidu regularly shares his vast musical heritage by holding master classes for international dance students or teaching interested volunteers during charity projects.
I am convinced that an entry of ALIDU in your coming Bradt Travel Guide GHANA will be a catching asset for future Ghana travellers, and his original performances will capture the heart of many West Africa connoisseurs/lovers.
I shall be happy to provide you with further documentation on Alidu and his ensemble or additional photos, should you require more detailed information.
Future Ghana visitors /dance students can get a fascinating insight into the rich cultural heritage of Ghanaian art and music by contacting ALIDU and his music group NO LIMIT, either at the National Theatre Accra (Mobile : + 233-54 116 35 69) or via Email ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
Just contact him, you won’t regret it! Alidu will swiftly initiate you into traditional or contemporary dance, music styles, costume design etc. to make you discover the rich traditons of Ghana yourself.