Stockholm Vodou Orchestra
Kristina Aspeqvist is a percussionist and composer born 1965, from Stockholm, Sweden.
She has a Master in Music from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and she has also graduated in Composition at the same institution.
After many years of playng and studying in Sweden, Ghana and other african countries as Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso and Tanzania she formed the Stockholm Vodou Orchestra 2000. Raised on Balkan music and playing drums in punkbands she went to study at the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana Legon for a year 1986. Since then she travels to play, study, keep contact with her collegues and bring swedish students to Ghana every year. Several traditional societies, voudou shrines of Blekete (Nana Kunde), have bestowed her with the title of honourary priestess in recognition of her proufund knowledge of the musical aspect of the religion. 2018 she was crowned vodou queen on request of the spirits.
Kristina composes music not only for Stockholm Vodou Orchestra. She writes for various jazz orchestras, choirs, ensembles and theatres. She has also done music for dance, poetry and television/film.
She runs her own drum shop in southern Stockholm where she also has her studio.
Here is a short TV documentary about Kristina and the day the CD "Burning" was launched.
Playing the Ewe Masterdrum Atsimevu.
Happy at her studio.
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