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Title Family Footsteps: Kwaku - Series 1, Ep 2 of 4 / Director: Cousins, Sean
Published Australia : ABC, 2011
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Series Family Footsteps ; Series 1, Episode 2
Summary Kwaku Adjei is a nightclub-loving engineering student. He loves his footy, his mates, fast cars and the easy life - living at home in a large house on a new estate in Melbourne's outer suburbs with Mum and Dad, Kojo and Afua. Kwaku is descended from the famous Ashanti people of Ghana, a tribe well known for their fierce warrior past and their traditions of dance and drumming. The Adjei family migrated to Australia in 1989, when Kwaku was just three-years-old. He has no memory of the old country; no notion of what life is like in a bustling African city like Kumasi, where his parents met. Mum thinks he is going to struggle on his return. Kwaku is determined to prove her wrong. Kwaku arrives in Kumasi in central Ghana, a melting pot for all of West Africa, where thousands come every day to seek their fortune. His first stop is a dusty yard filled with rusting cars where he meets his "mentor", Thomas, a 19-year-old carburetor mechanic. Kwaku will spend two weeks living here with Thomas and his family, learning to live like an Ashanti. By the second day Kwaku is starting to feel more comfortable, and it is then that Thomas introduces Kwaku to his drumming and dance teacher, the revered musician Koo Nimo.Kwaku feels overwhelmed, this time by the challenge of learning the dance moves. It's a long way from the nightclubs of Melbourne and it is a huge challenge but he rises to the occasion and wins the praise and applause of the hundreds of people he performs to.PRODUCTION DETAILS:A December Films production in association with the Grundy Organisation. Executive producer ABC Stuart Menzies, producer Tony Wright, director Sean Cousins
Event Broadcast 2011-08-11 at 00:25:00
Notes Classification: PG
Subject Ashanti (African people)
Damba (Drum)
Human beings -- Migrations.
Manners and customs.
Tradition.
Australia.
Ghana.
Form Streaming video
Author Adjei, Kwaku, contributor
Cousins, Sean, director
Nimo Boampong, Paul, contributor
Vandenberg, Leah, cast