Professional Ghanaian dancer and percussionist Samuel M. Marquaye a.k.a. Bukom Mama has charged Ghana education service (GES) to bring back extra curricular activities that involves Art, cultural dance and drumming.
According to him, some students will be deprived of a very successful career path if these activities are not brought back in grooming and shaping students on the importance of African traditional dance and art.
Unlike Him who has traveled across the world performing to great audience and dignitaries, he shares some benefit individuals can derive if one takes traditional dancing serious, making those revelations the Moment show on LA Tv, a digital Ghanaian television station in Accra.
“Gone were the days where dancers were regarded as misfits and lazy but today some are doing so well locally and internationally we as Ghanaians cannot do away with it so it’s about time we embrace and and teach these kids righ from the basic level. I’m pleading with GES to bring back cultural dance and art for it will go a long way bringing investment to support our economy in the future”, he said.
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Bukom Mama has performed with individuals like Ghana Music Awards, Okyeame Kwame, E.L, CAN 2008, Anandzeba, kings and Queens Union Conference (Libya), Dubai Circus Fiesta (Dubai), Water Park Eid Festival etc.
With experience and expertise, Samuel M.Marquaye stand tall among notable traditional performers with his portfolios of achievements over the years.
The name “Bukom Mama” speaks to Samuel Marquaye’s origin. He hails from Bukom, a popular Accra town with the highest youth population and lowest literacy rate; yet producing some of the best Ghanaian sports personalities, with high international achievements, like D.K Poison (1st Ghanaian player professional boxer to win a world title), Braimah Kamoko aka Bukom Banku, Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, Larry’s Kingston, Stephen Appiah, among others.
This explains why Samuel Marquaye’s unrivaled artistic abilities have carried him thus far and makes him the rightful advocate for increased arts and cultural dance education in Ghana’s school system.