Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Kotoko Brass

Inspired by the traditional drum rhythms of Ghana, Kotoko Brass has created a unique, joyful, and improvisational style of West African dance music described by the Boston Globe as “propulsive, infectious party music”. The drums provide the heart and soul of Kotoko Brass — merging syncopated African percussion polyrhythms with hard-hitting dance grooves on the drumset. The horns blend traditional sounds of New Orleans with the famous West African brass band sound heard from Ghana to Nigeria, and the guitar, bass, and keys evoke classic African and Caribbean styles of highlife, afrobeat, and reggae. A celebratory and energetic synthesis of music, people, and cultures from around the world, Kotoko Brass features musicians from Ghana, Antigua, Japan, and the United States playing together in unity. Kotoko Brass has shared the stage with Angelique Kidjo, Red Baraat, Femi Kuti, the California Honeydrops, Vieux Farka Toure, Innov Gnawa, Take 6, the Boston Pops, Rubblebucket, and more.

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I Have Worked With

  • June 2020

    Supporting Jupiter & Owkess @ Brighton Music Hall (June 2020) [POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19].

    Performed at CRASHfest @ Boston House of Blues (February 2019).

    Performed at CRASHfest lineup announcement @ Aeronaut (November 2018).

    Performed at CRASHfest @ Boston House of Blues (February 2018). 

  • April 2020

    Performance at Zumix's "Big Worlds" concert series (2020)

    Brian Paulding (trombone) - Brass Instructor, Latin Ensemble Director (2012 - present)

    Ben Paulding (drum set) - Drum Instructor, African Drumming Ensemble Director 

  • November 2019

    Produced two sold out "Fufu Party" events. Live music by Kotoko Brass with a dance clinic and Ghanaian food cooked by the band.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Ben
Job Title/Position: 
Manager / Drummer
Physical Address: 
146 Madison Street
Malden, MA 02148
Last Name: 
Paulding

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Ethnic / World
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ethnic
Music - Band
Music - Traditional
Year Founded: 
2017
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
25
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
Music Educator and Teaching Artist (META) fellowship
Awards: 
N/A

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Sound System (stage plot in photo section)
Fee Range Minimum: 
$1,500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$8,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
8
Maximum Number of Performers: 
11

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Dance
Music
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Certifications / Training: 
Music Educators and Teaching Artist (META) Fellow
Fee Range Minimum: 
$1,500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$8,000