Akomeah-Kankam Akwasi

1959 -

Akomeah-Kankam Akwasi is a choir director and music teacher in Africa who worked as a district cultural coordinator for the Ghana Education Service from 1995 to 2004 and is now teaching music at Wesley College Demonstration School in Ghana. He completed a B.Mus. degree in 1989 at the University of Education (Winneba), where he studied voice, theory, and African music.

The son of Yaw Akomeah Barimah and Akosua Adomah, A-KA was born and grew up in Ashanti, Africa. His mother was an amateur singer and encouraged his interest in music. He started serious study in voice at age fifteen and learned Tonic Sol-fa, a form of solfeggio developed in England in 1841 which uses a movable Do(h), at St. Joseph's Teacher Training School and at the university. He particularly enjoyed his work with C. B. Wilson, Othene Okanta, and Dr. G. W. K. Mereku.

His groups were recognized for their work in drama, sight-singing, drumming and dancing, and poetry recitation at First Cycle Schools International District Festivals from 1999 to 2002. Similar recognition was also earned in the radio station KESS FM Musical Fiesta Competition in 2003.

He is married to Abena Gyankom Akomeah and has three children, all of whom are amateur musicians.


Source: Information provided by Akomeah-Kankam Akwasi, March 2008.