Launching of Ghana's 40th Independence Anniversary Celebration); Entertainment at the leading hotels in Ghana (i.e. La Beach Hotel - a five star hotel in Ghana - every Monday), Tourists programs (performers for national award winning tour companies like Sunseekers, Expert Travels, Tourism Awareness, Land Tours, etc); Functions of the National Commission on Culture, the National Theatre, Ghana Tourist Board, Ministry of Tourism and State Protocol; and a welcoming performance for Bill Clinton upon his vist to Ghana.
International performances and workshops futher include a tour of Sweden(Europe) in the major cities and music schools, in addition to holding public and schools dance workshops.Nananom was invited by the International Olympics Committee to perform at the cultural village in Atlanta '96 Olympics (USA). The company did not make it to the Olympics due to visa problems. In May, 1999 six leaders of the company made it to Georgia to prepare the company's tour in order to bring the rest of the members to tour the US. In October, 1999 the company moved to Nashville, TN as artiste in residence at the Global Education Center through a grant provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission for the company to teach and perform in schools.
Nananom sponsored a Ghanaian dance instructor (Sulley Imoro) as artiste in residence to teach the Village Dance Ensemble (Nashville,Tennessee) Ghanaian dances and drumming for their 8th Umoja Night held at the World Baptist Center.Since 2005 Nananom collaborates with Manga African Dance Inc. in Atlanta, GA to promote Ghanaian and Nigerian dances and drumming.
In addition to performing and holding workshops for schools and other non-profit organizations nationwide, Nananom has also performed twice at the Coca Cola Company in Atlanta, at Fest de Ville in Nashville, at Bowling Green University in Ohio, at Damba Festival in Louisville and the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta GA, among others.
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Founded on September 17, 1983 by Choreographer/Artistic Director ephraim K. Ketsri, Nananom Dance Ensemble is an International Artist Touring Company that specializes in Ghanaian traditional dancing and drumming as well as those of other African countries. The company prouldy trains teenagers in Ghanaian traditional values and dances, to convey the rich cultural heritage of Ghana globally through cultural performances.
Nananom, which means "Royals" or "Chiefs" (the custodians of our cultural heritage) reflects the groups desire to promote and exhibit authentic traditional dances. The company has a large repertoire of dances, such as: "WAR," "CEREMONIAL," "RITUALISTIC," "RECREATIONAL," "COURT," "FESTIVE," "HARVEST," and "CULT" dances, among others.
Nananom has been featured in a number of workshops and festivals, including the National Expo '91, Greater Accra Regional Festivals of Arts and Culture, Panafest, the International Theatre Institute Workshops with Anzu (Japan), Authur Hall (USA), The Modern Dance workshop at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Greater Accra Regional Dance Association Workshop, African Coral and Music Festival - Heritage Africa '98, to name a few.
The company has prominently performed on programs such as: Opening of Parliament by H. E. the President; State receptions hosted by the President and the First Lady; Panafest; International Conferences (NAM Conference); International Fairs in Ghana; Launching/Celebration of both State and private functions (i.e.