Need an African band for your next event?
The ensemble is available for:
- festivals, street parades and community events
- corporate functions
- product launches
- team building and drum therapy sessions
- parties, weddings and Christmas shows
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The Damushi Ensemble
The Damushi Ensemble is a high energy international band who play traditional Ghanaian drumming rhythms and songs backed by Afro Latin/jazz musicians. The band's glorious harmonies, inspired sax and trombone solos, and impressive percussion have audiences grooving to the sounds of funk, highlife, Afrobeat, reggae and soukous.
Dada Nii Okwabi's powerful stage presence leads the band in a variety of authentic rhythms that depict the rich cultural life of African communities in celebrating events such as naming, puberty and purification ceremonies and thanksgiving to ancestors. They have ignited audiences across Ghana, the UK and Australia, and always leave them begging for more!
The Damushi Ensemble in Ghana
Dada Nii is the leader of The Damushi Ensemble in Ghana. This band consists of twelve drummers, dancers and singers (including Dada Nii), all of whom are accomplished musicians in their own right. They perform traditional Ghanaian music, highlife and contemporary African styles. The ensemble regularly performs at clubs, celebrations, festivals and occasional state events in Accra and southern Ghana. Their largest performances have been at the annual 'Homowo' festival in Accra (celebrated by the Ga tribe to mark the end of famine in past times) and the biennial 'Panafest' (Pan African Festival).
In addition to their live performances, the ensemble provided backing vocals and instrumental music for Dada Nii's most recent albums Kaawie (2001) and Sea Never Dry (2006) and is featured in the video clip of songs from Sea Never Dry, which are shown regularly on Ghana television.
The band was formed in Ghana in 2000 and have been travelling to Australia since 2005. Damushi Ensemble have played at numerous festivals and events around Australia. Some previous events have included the YHA Peace Festival, "African Journey!" at the Festival Centre, Norwood Food & Wine Festival, Semaphore Street Festival, Northern Lights Festival, "Rock the Zambezi", Bundaleer Forest Weekend, WOMAdelaide, Nexus Multicultural Arts Caberet, Town Down Under, Rugby 7's Tournament, and many more. They are a regular feature at both the Adelaide & Monarto Zoo, corporate dinners, Christmas functions, birthday parties and weddings. The band can perform as a three to ten piece ensemble.