Ghana-born drummer and composer, Paa Kow, (pronounced Pah-Ko), blends rich rhythms and artistry from his home with jazz and African roots, creating his own Afro-fusion sound. Dubbed "Ghana's most artistic drummer" by Modern Ghana, he plays a custom, traditionally inspired Ghanaian drum set that is the only one of its kind in the world, guaranteeing concertgoers an extraordinary musical experience. Growing up in the small village of Enyan Denkyira near Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, Paa Kow began to play music and tour with his family’s concert band at a very early age, using generators to power their mobile concerts across the continent. Since those humble beginnings, he has grown to be widely recognized as one of the most remarkable drum set players to come from the African continent.
Paa Kow’s deep groove and prodigious talent allows him to communicate to listeners through his drums, inspiring a profound spiritual conversation and fulfilling his vision to spread the music and culture of his homeland by touring the world with his Afro-fusion orchestra. In 2007, he was invited to the United States to be a guest teaching artist at the University of Colorado Boulder. Since then, he has toured Europe and North America extensively, bringing with him some of the finest fusion musicians from his country. With three full-length albums under his belt—2012’s Hand Go Hand Come, 2014’s Ask and 2017’s Cookpot, his style has become synonymous with the funky and freewheeling sound of Afro-fusion and Ghanaian folk music.