Queenscliffe’s Neighbourhood house is set to host a ‘Drumming and Dancing’ session on Sunday 12th September. The course will be led by the charismatic Fredrick Kpakpo Addo, a Ghanaian master dancer, drummer, multi-instrumentalist (vocals, drums, flute, percussion) and choreographer based in Melbourne.
Fred grew up in a traditional spiritual royal family in Nungua, Accra, Ghana, surrounded by drumming, dance, singing and rituals performed by his grandmother who was a traditional fetish priest.
Infused with a deep respect and understanding of his traditional culture, Fred’s 24 years of experience in performance and teaching, has taken him to Sweden, Israel, 22 states of USA and many African countries.
Fred works tirelessly to promote important issues such as Human Rights, Peace and Multiculturalism through voluntary performances and campaign appearances at various events. Fred is a United Nations Peace Ambassador and he is passionate about promoting peace and unity through tradition
“My students will be excited, empowered and attain the state of love, peace and uplifting the spiritual realm. They’ll get to experience multiculturalism through music and dance”, he said.
“My favourite part of teaching is to see the biggest smiles on the faces of my students”.
Music and dance is second nature to those from Ghana. Fred’s culture talks about the bond between us, our ancestors and nature.
“It talks about settlement and marks our beginning as traditional beings. We speak to the trees, sun, ocean and Mother Earth through our instruments”, he said.
If you’re interested in simultaneously learning to perform percussion instruments alongside the fascinating background of Fred Nii Addo, make sure you get down to Queenscliffe Neighbourhood house.