The Akoma Drummers are a West African drumming troupe based in the Washington DC area. They will be performing at the Bossa Bistro on April 16 at 9 p.m. Their performance is free.
They were formed in the spring of 2010 when Kristen Arant and Kweku Owusu brought their best drummer friends and students together for a weekly jam.
This quickly grew into what is now known as the Akoma Drummers. Kristen Arant is a drummer, musician, teacher, and organizer living and working in Washington, DC. She is married to Kweku Owusu who is a co-founder of the group and a skilled maker of djembes, dununs, and kpanlogo drums, as well as percussion instruments such as bells and shakers.
Linette Tobin, Ken Quam and Renee Panagos make up the rest of the group and are all very skilled drummers in their own right.
The Akoma Drummers’ sessions tend to be very interactive with the audience being forced to their feet by the sheer force of great rhythm. They will be performing right before Cheick Hamala Diabate, a compelling musical griot, so Washington DC is in for a treat.
To learn more about the show, visit the Bossa Bistro website. You can also follow the Akoma Drummers on Facebook.