Evans Coffie, originally from Ghana, West Africa, has spent his life surrounded by music and dance. As a child he was hand picked by the Ghanaian National Dance Company where he honed his craft. Through the company he toured the world sharing his cultural heritage with all. He immigrated to Canada where he continued the wonderful tradition of sharing his cultural heritage. He has been teaching and performing for over 30 years. Added by the Manitoba Arts Council and Folklorama, Evans has been teaching and touring throughout Canada and the United-States sharing his knowledge, enthusiasm and love for rhythms and movements.
Coffieman is truely special. He has a talent for connecting with the students which gives them confidence and the willingness to try anything. Students are enamoured with him, and are sad to see him go. In the hallways, all I hear is students humming and singing his songs. It was a real pleasure to have him teach with us for a week. I can’t wait to have him back.
« Thank you coffieman for teaching me drums and singing and magic string and dancing and fun stuff »
—Student, grade 5