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Nii Ashitey Nsotse
Nii Ashitey Nsotse, musician from Ghana was born April 19th. 1955 in Avenor close to Ghanas capital Accra. Through his family he came in touch with traditional african music at a very young age. His father taught him drumming from the age of ten years on.

A few years later, Nii Ashitey decided to attend classes at National Folcloristic Company Arts Councel of Ghana, to become a professional musician.

He left from National Art Council with the degree of a National Drummer, which includes a master degree not only in drumming, but also in building of drums, dancing and singing

Nii Ashitey was a member of the National Folkloric Company, which represented Ghana at the Commonwealth Games in Canada, and he is one of the founders of the Nafac-Festivals, one of the most important music festivals in Ghana.

1972 Nii Ashitey joined the group Nokoko. The group changed their name to Nokoko Yé, when they decided to play even more traditional music of Ghana. After a extensive tour through Togo, Benin and Nigeria, Nii Ashitey came to Germany in 1983, where he immediately started teaching african drumming and dancing.

He was a member of the group Susu Bilibi, until in 1985 he decided to bring his old group Nokoko Yé to Germany. As soon as the group touched German ground they started touring all over Germany and other European countries.

Since 1986, togehther with Nokoko Yé, Nii Ashitey recorded three albums. Together with Kassoum Traoré from Mali, he recorded the extraordinary album "Bushtaxi from Bamako to Accra", which was released in 2002.

For the first time a complete album was dedicated to the combination of Kpanlogo drums and Djembe. Unusual and even experimental in a sense, the album was a great success - also due to the extraordinary technical performance of the two musicians.

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