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Kofi Quarshie  -  his way -  up to Europe

Kofi Quarshie, born in 1970, was raised in Osu, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Accra, Ghana, as the youngest of six children. In his childhood he loved playing his hand-craftet tin cans. At the age of five Kofi started playing his first instrument, the Konga. At the age of nine he was discovered and began to play on a professional level with the band Twiana Cultural Group. 
With Akim Manso, a band consisting of 25 musicians, singers and dancers he made his way to Europe for the first time.
Kofi Quarshie was taught up to the level of a master drummer by Mustapha Tettey Addy, one of the best-known drummers in West Africa. Through his training in traditional West African dancing culture he was able to teach dancing and playing the drums at the Centre for National Culture in Accra, specifically at the „Academy of African Music and Arts“ at the University Legon. After touring Africa and the U.S. he accompanied Lizzy Hammond, better known as Mama Afrika on her numerous tours.