The Tsooboi Ensemble was recently adjudged the Traditional Music and Dance Group of the Year 2021 at the maiden edition of the Ghana Entertainment and Business Industry Awards, and the group’s leader, Alex Kofi Mensah, says the honour will help stimulate them to new heights.
Held on the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) premises in Accra, the award scheme was an initiative of Shadout TV.
It was instituted to appreciate and reward outstanding personalities on the Ghanaian entertainment scene.
Groups beaten by Tsooboi Ensemble to grab its award included Awake Folk Rhythmz and Afrikana Drumming and Dance Group.
Shadout TV CEO, Daniel Kayikah, presented Tsooboi Ensemble with its trophy and praised the group for the uniqueness it displayed on stage at all times.
“Our key aim is to promote and market African traditional music and dance to the world and become the best at it in the creative arts industry across the continent,” says the Tsooboi Ensemble’s leader.
Other personalities honoured at the awards ceremony included model Victoria Michaels, media executive Bola Ray and musicians Reggie Rockstone and Samini.
Formed at Teshie in Accra in 2008, Tsooboi Ensemble embraces membership from different Ghanaian ethnic backgrounds.
Its repertoire comprises rhythms and dances from across Ghana and Africa.
“The traditional music and dance space is a highly competitive area. Groups are always coming out with fresh ideas to pull in audiences. I can admit that the groups operating in that genre have been wonderful ambassadors for Ghana over many years.”
“The attention here is always on the popular music acts but we won’t let anything keep us down. We will keep marching on with the masterful performances that show the world fascinating stuff from Ghana,” Alex Mensah pointed out.
Tsooboi Ensemble has had gigs outside of Ghana and are looking forward to more shows abroad.