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  Executive Director                  Artistic Director                        Creative Director                Ghana PR Specialist
  Dr. George Francois            Dr. Sally Singer Tuttle                   Amba Mpoke-Bigg              Mrs. Theresa Tetteh
Sankusem was founded in 2008 as a Ghanaian Non-Governmental Arts Organization (NGO) by Dr. George Francois. His vision was to present quality performing arts events in Ghana, including those that added elements of African art forms, so as to create a fascinating blend of cross-cultural results on stage.  In African villages, music is seldom heard alone. It almost always involves dance, drama, recitations, games and active audience participation. In this enterprise he received tremendous support and encouragement first and foremost from his father the late Mr. Edward Francois, and also from Professor Alexander Kwapong, and Professor John Kwabena Nketia.
  
In 2010, acclaimed cellist Dr. Sally Singer-Tuttle joined George to co-found another organization (Sankusem Inc.) as a not-for-profit in the State of New York. The two musicians realized that audiences in the United states were intrigued by music and art forms that incorporated varying African elements.  And while the initial focus for Sankusem was on music performance, the concept naturally began to lend itself to other artistic expressions that they came across, including dance, drama, music composition, literature, and the fine arts. Thus they found that with careful programming, a violin/piano piece could enjoyably incorporate African rhythms and dance, African instruments like the xylophone and drums could make mesmerizing chamber music with a string quartet, and a literary reading could be punctuated by musical exclamations, dramatizations, and audience remarks and claps.

Today, the two Sankusem organizations work in tandem to realize their unusual artistic ideals. In this, they are grateful for support in both countries from individuals and institutions. In the United States, George and Sally have presented Sankusem on their own, but also in partnership with NIA Theatrical Production Incorporated (www.niaproduction.org), Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, an independent non-profit institution (www.icicle.org) and Seattle Pacific University (www.spu.edu).  In Ghana, Mrs. Theresa Tetteh and (more recently) Amba Mpoke-Bigg have driven Sankusem as an organization, garnering the support of the Ministry of Chieftancy and Culture, Ghana, the National Symphony, the Music Department of the University of Ghana, the British Council Hall, and the National Theatre.
 
 
Past performances have combined classical musicians on classical instruments with dance, drumming, traditional African music,African-American music, and improvisations. Sankusem has also presented workshops, master-classes, lectures, composition seminars, and Q and A sessions. Sankusem has appeared in cities on the East and West Coasts of the United States, as well as in Accra, Ghana.  
The organization looks forward to hearing from individuals and presenters about performing or seminar opportunities, and can be reached at info@sankusem.org