Dr Gameli Tordzro and Naa Densua Tordzro are originally from Ghana and work across multiple arts and academic areas.
Gameli is a multiple arts professional and a Creative Arts (CA) researcher consultant in Glasgow. He is the Artistic Director of Pan African Arts Scotland and was a researcher and PhD student within the Creative Arts and Translating Cultures Hub of the Researching Multilingually at Borders project at the University of Glasgow. His research interests include arts, culture, language, migration and global peace, and global education. His current focus is on arts as language for research. Gameli is the Musician-in-Residence with GRAMNet.
Naa Densua is a multi-genre artist living and working in Glasgow. She established a social enterprise, Sima Fashions, as part of Pan African Arts Scotland.
She sings and plays with the resident bands of Pan African Arts Scotland – the Hi Life Band and Hesu, blending modern and traditional Ghanaian music with traditional Scottish songs. She also runs workshops across Scotland for asylum seekers, refugees, young people and children.
As part of our ongoing work with the British Library, we were kindly invited to Solas Festival 2019 and were lucky enough to be able to meet and record with them.
"Solas Festival is Scotland’s midsummer festival - has been running since 2009. The all-age, weekend-long celebration of music and the arts is designed to entertain, inspire and challenge.
Solas Festival is about placing the arts in a wider context, and we strive to exhibit a commitment to equality, justice, beauty and hospitality throughout the festival. Our aim is to create a space that is tolerant, inclusive and free of prejudice, and for you to have an absolute blast!"
We certainly had a wonderful, fun and engaging time at the festival, which has a truly inclusive atmosphere.