Ghana, African Dance and Drums master classes taught by Mr. Maputo Mensah
DANCE MASTER CLASS SCHEDULE
Tuesday, March 28: 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Dance Studio 101
Wednesday, March 29: 5-6:40 p.m., University Dance Theatre
Thursday, March 30: 11:10 a.m. – 12:50 p.m., University Dance Theatre
Friday, March 31: 9-10:40 a.m., Dance Studio 101
Maputo Mensah was born and raised in Accra, Ghana, in a family of professional musicians and dancers. By the age of five he was dancing and drumming with his family, and by the age of ten he was teaching and performing these traditional Ghanaian arts professionally.
Later, Maputo was honored to study for 14 years with Mustapha Tettey Addy, one of Ghana’s premiere artists in traditional music and dance. Over the years Maputo has performed and taught with various dance troupes such as the Akrowa Cultural Ensemble in Kokrobite, Ghana, and the West African Folkloric Troupe in Accra. He also has wide experience as an international guest drummer, dancer, and solo performer. Currently, he also performs with his own dance troupe, Logo Ligi, based in Boulder, Colorado.
As a master drummer, dancer, and storyteller, Maputo is passionate about sharing the art and culture of Ghana with the West through the classes he teaches at the University of Colorado, K-12 schools, and community classes. He also leads a month-long trip to his native Ghana each summer, giving his students the opportunity to deeply experience the culture he is devoted to preserving and promoting. Maputo is an artist, a teacher, a cultural ambassador, and a citizen of the world.