Kobla Ladzekpo

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Department: Ethnomusicology
2539 Schoenberg Hall
Box 951619
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1619
Campus Mail Code: 191603
Email: zadonu@aol.com

Keywords: Africa, Dance, African popular cultures, Music

Kobla Ladzekpo is founder and director of Zadonu African Music and Dance Company and co-director of the Cal Arts African Music and Dance Ensemble where he also teaches West African music and dance. He comes from a family of composers and dancers who have served for many generations as lead drummers and composers among the Anlo-Ewe people of southeastern Ghana. In recent years, Ladzekpo and other members of the Ladzekpo family have become much in demand as lecturers and performers in Ghana and other parts of Africa, Europe, Australia, and the United States. In California, he and his brothers have become well known for their annual production ofThe Africans Are Coming, a music and dance concert presenting groups representing several African cultures.

Ladzekpo also has his own recording label, Zadonu Records.