Nii Kwartey Owoo is the Artistic Director of contemporary dance theatre company Miishejeloi Dance Theatre and has won commissions for his choreography from the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London, Skimstone Arts in Newcastle and Alliance Francaise in Accra, all of which reflect Nii's original style which combines traditional West African stories and dance narratives with contemporary movements.
Nii was born in Gamashie, Accra, Ghana in 1989. He is a multi-disciplinary artist with a vocational training in traditional West African music and dance, currently living and working in Leeds. In 2008 and 2010 he won first place in the categories of Traditional Drum Appellation and Dance Choreography at the National Festival of Arts and Culture in Ghana, West Africa.
Nii has extensive experience in teaching dance and drumming, previously he has taught dance, drumming and singing at the SOAS World Music Summer School, University of London and has led regular dance and drumming workshops for the SOAS West African Dance and Drumming Society. He is a skilled community engagement facilitator and has run drum-making and dance workshops at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, as part of their African Summer Festival. In addition, Nii has led outreach workshops for The Southbank Centre, the Victoria & Albert Museum, SOAS and Westminster Abbey.
Nii is also a musician and the artistic director of Ga folk music group Tsotsoobi Band, who write and produce their own traditional music in the Ga language. Along with his interest in and commitment to protecting indigenous culture, Nii has also established a community radio station in Accra, Ghana called Radio Gamashie, which today is supported by SOAS Radio (University of London), Ghana Community Radio Network, AMARC Ghana (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters) and the National Association of Cultural Children and Youth Education Saxony-Anhalt, (Germany).
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