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Martin Nsiah

Martin “Body” Nsiah is a Ghanaian drummer and dancer resident in Belfast who has toured with Kaké Dance Ensemble in Europe and the States.

Kaké Dance Ensemble was set up in 1981 by Ataa Okoe Nettey, one of Ghana’s most renowned drum and dance practitioners, to nurture the dance traditions of the Ghanaian people. The ensemble, under the guidance of Okoe Nettey, soon became famous nationwide and across the Ghanaian frontiers. In 1995 the company changed its name to Kaké Dance Ensemble and began to make its mark on the scene in West Africa and further afield. The group now travels regularly to Zambia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Burkino Faso. At home, the ensemble are much sought after to play engagements at national functions, as well as significant birthday celebrations of elders, out-dooring and traditional funeral ceremonies.

Body's CETL residency was integrally involved in the teaching and delivery of the ethnomusicology module “Performance, Passion and Power” and culminated in a performance at THE BIG BANG, the QUB Ethnomusicology Ensembles winter concert 2005.