Sounds of West Africa return to Balclutha

Children at Balclutha’s Cross Recreation Centre school holiday programme drummed up a storm with Kadodo Music Drum and Dance School, last Wednesday.

Kadodo Music’s Dunedin founder Koffie Fugah (foreground, seated) and his brother, Agbeko Desouza, are originally from Ghana.

‘‘We travel the country sharing our passion for the music, dance and storytelling of West Africa and we find children and adults from any culture enjoy getting caught up in the energy of trying something different,’’ Mr Fugah, who has been in New Zealand for eight years, said.

Kadodo Music first became acquainted with Cross Recreation Centre at a culture festival before the Covid›19 pandemic.

‘‘We wanted a cultural element to add variety to our holiday programme, so we applied for funding through Clutha District Council who have a partnership with Creative Communities New Zealand,’’ Cross Recreation Centre Manager Noeline Scott said.

‘‘It’s great to have Kadodo Music back again.’’