Master Musician Fellowship, 1997

In Nigeria, the unique style of drumming known as the talking-drum traditionally has been played by commoners for royalty. But Francis Awe, prince of the Yoruba tribe, broke with tradition and adopted this unique instrument, mastering it and teaching others this rich tradition. Mr. Awe has performed throughout the world, and been a part of events such as the California Institute for the Arts World Music Festival and the Watts Tower Drum Festival.

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