Regular Full and Part Time Faculty, Ensemble Directors
Lecturer of Music (African Music and Dance)
Nani Agbeli is an Ewe man from the village of Kopeyia in the
Volta Region of Ghana. From his childhood, Nani received drum
and dance training from his father, the late Godwin Agbeli.
Nani Agbeli also studied traditional music and dance at the
National Arts Center in Accra. In the 1990s Nani performed
with and led Sankofa Roots II, an award-winning troupe.
For nine years he was a drum and dance instructor at the Dagbe
Cultural Center, a cultural tourism facility in his hometown
that is now directed by his elder brother, Emmanuel Agbeli.
Nani has been invited as guest artist at the University of Ghana
and the Edna Manley School in Jamaica. After moving to the
United States in 2006 he has taught at many colleges including
the Berklee College of Music, Bowling Green University, the
University of Virginia, Lawrence Conservatory, Mt. Holyoke
College, and the University of Wisconsin. Nani currently
lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
He is the Artistic Director
of the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society, a community-based group
in Greater Boston that was founded by Professor David Locke
of Tufts University (www.agbekorsociety.org). Nani Agbeli
leads study tours to Ghana in July-August.