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In celebration of Black History Month Nana Yaw Asiedu will be visiting Scripps Montessori School on WEDNESDAY February 13th. The children will be divided into four groups, the schedule is as follows:

  • Skyroom & Sunroom 9:00am to 9:30am
  • Appleorchard & Greenhouse 9:30am to 10:00am
  • Treehouse & Lapis 10:00am to 10:30am
  • Elementary 10:30am to 11:00am


Nana Yaw Asiedu is the Founder and Director of the Ile Ayan Cultural Institution of Higher Learning, which uses drumming as the vehicle for the uplift of the human spirit. Nana believes it is important to bring the value of “Culture” back into our society as a means to heal or prevent dysfunctionality. His work with children has proven to help them become more self-disciplined and able to focus. It balances out the right and left brain, while stimulating endorphins. Drumming breeds integrity.  Many children Nana has taught have gone on to become professional musicians.

Nana Yaw Asiedu currently gives ongoing African drumming and music instruction for all ages (toddlers to adults)  at the World Beat Center in Balboa Park, San Diego, where he has taught for the last fifteen years.  He instructed 10,000 5th grade students each year from 2004 to 2010, as part of the San Diego City Schools “Balboa Park Integration Program”.  Nana has brought his program into the elementary schools, working both as a music teacher during the school day (seeing K-6th grade classes, one after the other, one day a week), as well as working in After-School programs twice a week for various school district.  He gives workshops performances for the city libraries, Homeland Security events, military functions, corporate workshops in team building skills, and workshops for organizations which provide leadership skills to CEO’s and Presidents of Corporations.  He directed the “House of Blues Children’s Drum Program” for two years.  He also offers school assemblies, workshops for private birthday parties (toddlers to adult), private drum instruction, workshops for the deaf and blind, workshops in convalescent homes and hospitals, as well as interactive performances for parties.

Nana has performed with many of our country’s greatest artist, including Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock (CD), Billy Childs (CD with Akron Symphony Orchestra – he co-directed the African score of this 99 piece orchestra), Taj Majal, Patrice Russian, Debbie Allen, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Munyungo D. Jackson, to name a few.  He has appeared in several movies, including “the color Purple”.  Nana was the Lead Foreman and Musical Director for the African Percussion Ensemble’s production of “the Lion King Celebration” at Disneyland, CA for two years, and opened up the first African dance performances at the Wild Animal Park (now called Safari Park Zoo) in San Diego 28 years ago.

Besides the 50 drums, Nana will also bring shakers and bells, and the audience will have a great experience participating a drum lesson while learning the names of the instruments, songs from the African diaspora, and storytelling. Nana teaches drumming by way of mathematics and his workshops are always great fun and educational, bringing the flavor and culture of Africa to his audience.

We are very much looking forward to this fantastic experience.


The SMS Staff.


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