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KAMAP AND AFRICUSSION

The KUSUM AGORO Multicultural Arts Project-( KAMAP) is an Arts in Education and comprehensive cultural programs facilitated by professional African  performers in New York for audiences of all ages, races, backgrounds and at all levels for multicultural understanding and appreciation.
 
AFRICUSSION is the professional performing group of the KAMAP. Africussion comes from Africa,Percussion and Discussion. It is a new experiment at creating new genre of music using African percussion as the  foundation for discussion. In this experience, the musicians of Africussion explore the use of contemporary musical instruments of guitar and aerophones such as sax and trumpets in a dialogue with African creative percussion. Africussion's musicians also are the facilitators of the KAMAP Arts in Education Programs.
 

Mission

To increase public participation in traditional African performing arts, enhance cultural awareness, ease public accessibility to the richness of African heritage, and enrich the lives of people from diverse background through performance and education.

 Background of the founder:

Harold Akyeampong, a master teaching artiste and a performer is the director of KAMAP. He has a performance name, Okyerema Akyeampon (a cham pon) which means the master drummer, keeper and promoter of culture. The KAMAP is a subsidiary of the Center for World Folkloric Arts. Together with some professional performers from Africa and the USA, the group perform and teach at academic institutions, organizations and conferences around the world. Okyerema  Akyampon has been featured on Voice of America (African Service) Washington DC, New York 1 Television as well as Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN). He has over twenty years of performance and teaching experience educating people of all levels from public schools to private institutions from Africa through Europe to the United States.  Okyerema is a drum master, percussionist, singer, dancer, choreographer, storyteller, lecturer and  an ethnomusicologist.

Okyerema’s contagious joy of life and delight in his audience provide a vibrant and uplifting experience of African celebration. He inspires his audience to celebrate cultural diversity among all people.

Okyerema hold degrees from Ghana and US Universities. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Dazzle School of Visual and Performing Arts, Rochester, where he is the music director of its resident African dance company, Afrikuumba.  He is also a  international director of the International Center of African Culture and Arts (ICACA-Ghana). Okyerema belongs to a number of professional organizations in Africa and in the United States.  He is currently the President of the Ghana Percussive Arts Society( the first chapter of the world famous music service organization, the Percussive Arts Society.  He is currently serving as the chairman of the West African Drumming, a subcommittee in the World Drumming Committee of PAS.

Okyerema has studied and performed with a number of professional percussion and dance instructors, among them Professors Khaleed Ahmad Saleem and Clyde Morgan of SUNY College at Brockport as well as Jorge Alabe from Brazil and Chris Walker from Jamaica. Okyerema plays not only African Music but that native to Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad and Brazil.