Natraj and Agbekor Society feature Nani Agbeli at Ryles
February 3, 2011
World-jazz ensemble Natraj teams up with the folkloric Agbekor Drum and Dance Society to feature special guest West African master drummer Nani Agbeli for ground-breaking, high-energy, multicultural music. A native of the Ewe from the Volta Region of Ghana, master drummer Nani Kwashi Agbeli has thrilled audiences from Africa to the US and Jamaica with his exuberant, folkloric music. He has been a guest artist at institutions such as University of Legon, Ghana; Edna Manley School, Jamaica; Berklee College; Tufts University; and University of Virginia. The West-African folkloric Agbekor Society showcases David Locke’s virtuosic drumming. Natraj-Agbekor collaborations feature highly charged contemporary adaptations of traditional Ghanaian music. “By now, the convergence of West Africa and Northern India in jazz is a natural... Leave it to Natraj to put it all together in a singular world-jazz conception... Some of the finest players in town,” declares the Boston Phoenix.