Kakatsitsi are a group of traditional drummers, dancers and singers from the Ga tribe of Southern Ghana, with their roots in the fishing community of Jamestown, the part of Accra where the British based their colonial headquarters.
Their music takes traditional rhythms and chants from their own Ga tradition and those of a variety of other West African cultures, rearranging them in a modern and accessible way. Since 1996, Kakatsitsi have toured the UK 9 times, working with a wide variety of festivals, arts centres and local authorities.
They play a mixture of Ga drums – the Gome bass box drum, the Kpanlogo Drum, the Ashiwa box drum / thumb piano and various items of light percussion including the cowbell, shakers and aslatua (two seed pods joined by a string). They also play some of the drums of the Ewe people of Eastern Ghana and of the Ashanti people of Central Ghana as well as those of the Mende people of Senegal / Mali, specifically the ubiquitous Djembe and Doun Doun.
Their music is generally slower and funkier than many African drumming styles which more often than not accompanies the dance as the lead art-form. Kakatsitsi prefer to play funkier, groovier rhythms that are more suitable for western audiences. Their drumming style is very much defined by lead master drummer Injoly Addo, whose relaxed, laid back personality comes across in his playing. Unlike many drummers that play hard and loud to show off, Injoly rolls out cool Djembe riffs which are guaranteed to move the dance floor. More recently Injoly has been joined in the group by Okoe Amartefio, another of Ghana’s leading drummers, to make a formidable pair of lead drummers. The two are known as the leading percussionists in Ghana, often employed as session musicians for some of Ghana’s leading pop-stars.
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