Sulley Imoro

Sulley Imoro
Sulley Imoro began learning African drumming and dance from his father when he was 8 years old. His father, also a popular dancer, was known throughout Ghana. Sulley was eager to follow in his father’s footsteps. “Anytime in the village when we didn’t have entertainment, Father would bring the drums out and play,” he said. “Sometimes we didn’t have light in the village, and if the moon was bright, we would come together and play and dance.” Since that time, Sulley has become a renown performer and teacher of traditional Dagomba drum, dance and song.

For many years Sulley was a lead drummer and dancer for the Ghana National Dance Company, and a featured performer at the National Theatre in Accra, Ghana. He has performed for many special events, such as the inauguration of John Agyekum, and President Bill Clinton’s visit to Ghana. Currently, Sulley (pronounced "soo'-lay") is the director and founder of the Mbangba Cultural Troupe of Ashemie and the Degara Bewaa Culture group of Tamale, and is an instructor for the dance ensemble at the University of Ghana at Legon. He has also served as a dance instructor for the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Medie, Ghana and as the assistant director of the Saakumu Dance Troupe. In addition, for more than 20 years Sulley has taught African drumming and dance classes in Ghana and at American colleges, and has performed throughout Africa, Europe, and the United States. In Ghana, whenever there is a high-profile visitor, including former United States President Bill Clinton, the Ambassador calls Imoro and his ensemble to dance in front of crowds that can reach into the thousands.