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Sowah Mensah

Sowah Mensah

Sowah Mensah

Ethnomusicologist, composer and a "Master Drummer" from Ghana, West Africa

Sowah Mensah is an ethnomusicologist, composer and a "Master Drummer" from Ghana, West Africa. Sowah has taught music in both Ghana and Nigeria and is currently a music professor at both Macalester College, and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where he also directs each school's African Music Ensemble. In addition he directs the African Music Ensemble at the University of Minnesota. He is the director of Sankofa, a Ghanaian Folklore and Dance Ensemble in the Twin Cities and a member of Speaking in Tongues, a four-piece group based out of the Twin Cities that uses two percussionists, a bassist and a Chinese pipa player. Mensah has performed extensively in the United States, Latin America, and in Africa, where he performed with the Ghana National Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, he has performed with notables such as Max Roach, Don Chery, Roscoe Mitchel, and Julius Hemphil. Mensah has also performed with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Chanticleer, Minnesota Center Chorale, St. Paul Civic Symphony, Minnesota Sinfonia, Duluth Superior Symphony, Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, Abendmusik: the Lincoln Chorus of Nebraska, and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Florida, as well as many folk festivals in the US. In May 2000, Mensah made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in David Fanshaw's African Sanctus. In addition, he presents clinics, lectures, workshops, and residencies at many colleges, elementary and secondary schools, churches, and music organizations all over the United States.

Mensah was appointed as a Marsh professor in 2005. His campus visits are being coordinated by Professor of Music David Neiweem

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