Jordan Messan Benissan: Drummer, Teacher, Collaborator

This is Jordan Benissan's fourth recording. His most recent CD, Let Me Play My Music,was nominated for Best World Music Album by Phoenix Magazine, and was featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered". His previous CD, "Beautiful Music from West Africa", had received the same treatment, and was nominated for the same honor.

Jordan Messan Benissan is a member of the Ewe People. He was introduced to music and dance at an early age through ceremonies and rituals. He received his traditional music training from several West African master drummers.

Jordan has taught and performed for all levels, from elementary school through college level, and teaches at Colby College. Some of his performances include an opening show for the West African drummer Babatunde Olatunji, a performance for a national NAACP Conference and performances for the Mayo Clinic's Multicultural Program. Benissan has performed traditional African drumming and Highlife music with master drummer Obo Addy at Colby College, and with the Portland Symphony orchestra.

Jordan says: "My deepest thanks to my listeners,my fans and audience participants, to all those who have supported and encouraged me, and to my drumming students and the members of Sankofa."

For bookings or comments, contact the artist:
Jordan Benissan
12 High Street
Waterville, ME 04901