hi ... i'm spending a couple months in accra on a volunteer vacation ... anyone been here before who has taken drum/dance lessons in accra? i'd like to immerse myself in the culture. i thought it would be an interesting and fun way, so i'm asking people around here as well. thanks!
nice to meet u,well i am from Ghana,i am mubarick.i canhelp u find the dance lessons u might want to take.mail me bck thru this site,i think i will be able to help.by the way,when will u arrive in Ghana?
Head down to the Arts centre near Tema station. Loads of drums are made there. People can be a bit pushy and i wouldn't advise buying anything there (buy it out of Accra, a lot less hassle and better prices). If you make it clear you are there for a while and not a tourist everybody is pretty friendly. Just ask in one of the shops making the drums and they will fix you up, don't pay more than 20000 cedis (just over a pound! bargain!)
There is quite a famous drum school in Kokrobite, allot of people stay in Big Millys (lengendary campsite) and take drum lessons at the school. I can't remember the name of it, but it's in the Lonely Planet West Africa guide.
thanks for all the help ... i think i found someone for drum lessons ... but i will keep kokrobite in mind. i did hear about that music academy out there and i was also hoping to take dance lessons in addition to drum.
by the way, pollhill ... looks like you're on a fantastic journey! enjoy!
another question ... any of you know of a used bookstore in accra? thanks.
I heard that there was one on Oxford street in Osu, near Papaye. I have also seen some novels (John Grisham easy reading type stuff) at the Paloma hotel. There is also a book store near the main post office, it sells religious and educational stuff (as most most bookstores do in Ghana) but there is sometimes some guys outside selling novels, haggle hard!