Louis K. Botchway and Bomukasa
Masks and musical instruments in West Africa
Bomukasa focuses on rural areas. The company offers opportunities to young, disenfranchised individuals, cultivating the innate skills hidden within their own hands.The drums of Louis K. Botchway and Bomukasa have been featured in Pool & Spa Living magazine.
Bomukasa began as a sole proprietorship, started in 1980 by Louis Kojo Botchway. The name Bomukasa came into being in 1982, when Louis Kojo Botchway brought some artistic wood carvers and performing artists together to work and to train young people interested in the field. In the Akan language, Bomukasa literally means "together to discuss," its musical implication suggesting the discussion of sound.
According to Botchway, the beginning was not easy. A talented artist, he completed a course in wood carving in 1979, and also studied graphic arts. Eventually he became interim president of Ghana's Wood Carvers Association, a recently formed group promoting the interests of its members.
From humble beginnings with shoestring capital, Bomukasa Limited has grown into a successful producer of quality and creative African goods such as musical instruments, furniture, masks, and decorative panels.
Bomukasa focuses on rural areas, working with the source of the raw materials. They offer opportunities to young, disenfranchised individuals, cultivating the innate skills hidden within their own hands. Currently Bomukasa comprises about 25 apprentices, 30 part-time employees, and a permanent staff of 20.