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Bernard Ayisa

Bernard Ayisa, saxophonist based in Accra, started playing when he was already 16 years old. Now he has become one of the leading saxophone players in Ghana and Africa. He spent his childhood and youth in South Africa where he was taught by fellow P. Mauriat artist Dusty Cox and prof. Darius Brubeck. Under the guidance of the latter, Bernard toured in US and Germany with the student/staff band of the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. He also was member of the South African Youth Big Band of Mike Campbell which took him touring in the US.

After graduating he moved from Durban to Johannesburg to play with renowned musicians like Andile Yenana and Feya Faku. He recorded with Ernie Smith there as well and continued touring locations like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Scotland, Rumania, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Qatar (…) In 2013 he decided to come home to Ghana with a big dream: develop a Ghanaian Jazz Voice, a style unique to Ghana.

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Bernard has taught and keeps on teaching many musicians who want to hone their skills as Jazz musician and instrumentalists.

Clinic/Workshop Information

The US embassy is funding yearly jazz workshops taking him to Ghana cities like Kumasi, Cape Coast, Takoradi etc apart from Capital Accra. The 2018 workshops, the first of hopefully a long series of workshops facilitated by the US Embassy, were lead by Ben Boone, renowned US jazz composer and sax player.




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