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Kofi Shabba

Edward Kofi Eshun (Shabba) is a professional dancer and drummer from Ghana, West Africa. His styles include traditional, contemporary, acrobatic, RnB & Hip-Hop.

Shabba was a member of the Asanti Dance Theatre in Ghana for 5 years. He was an instructor to students touring Ghana from the Deakin University Global Experience program and the Australian group Wild-Moves. In 2004, Shabba joined African Footprints International where he performed and facilitated workshops in drumming and dance throughout Ghana, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Italy. He has taught a wide variety of people from different cultures, backgrounds, age groups and abilities.

In 2007, Shabba came to Australia and worked with the Asanti Dance Theatre Australia and the African Royal Drummers. In 2009, Shabba was presented with a 5 Star Community Coach Award for his extensive work in after-school care programs. In 2010 he launched African Star Dance & Drumming , where he continues performing and teaching drumming, dance and cultural activities throughout Australia.

Shabba facilitates drumming and dance workshops to children and adults in schools and communities and performs at a range of festivals and public and private events. Some memorable performances include the Suzuki Night Markets, Sydney Road Festival, Darebin Music Feast, Woodford Folk Festival, Rainbow Serpent Festival, Viva Festival, Moomba Festival and Globe to Globe Festival.

Shabba’s future plans are to further his international career throughout Australia.