Nimo was selected from numerous applicants in the recently founded Centers first annual competition for the residency. According to Frank Gunderson, program associate at the Center, Nimo is well known in his native Ghana and throughout the world for his recordings and skill as a musician of palm-wine guitar music and Ashanti drumming.
Nimo has experience as an artist-in-residence at other institutions, employing a unique teaching approach to Ghanaian music. Nimo believes two very different musical stylespalm-wine guitar music and Ashanti drummingshould be taught side-by-side because they complement each other. Rhythms learned from drumming facilitate the palm-wine guitar style and vice versa. Nimo teaches students guitar and drum in one-on-one lessons and meets with the student ensemble once a week.
Photos by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services