In his native Cameroon, Fotso began his formal training in traditional dances at the age of eight. Leading his high school Dance Team at 16 years old, he won the annual "FETE DE LA JEUNESSE'' National Dance Contest at the Cameroonian Cultural Center in YaoundéCameroon, in two categories (Best Traditional and Best Contemporary
Choreography). He was then invited and started studying Cameroonian classical dance styles and techniques with the National Ballet and the "Baobab" of Paul Kengmo while learning and practicing his songwriting skills as well as recording his first music demos with the help of two veterans and members of the National Orchestra, the late Amougou Mballa and Abou Bass, followed by a 5 years Artist Development and Recording Contract deal with Soyoko Music. His early success inspired Titus to adventure into various other forms of movement, culminating in the development of his own brand of "Afroinclusive" dance he calls KOSSA DANCE*.
Fotso is founder of the JTF World Dance and Research Project; he has taught regular classes, master classes, dance workshops and performed around the globe. In 2009, he completed a European Tour as the Choreographer for AFRIKAAFRIKA 1 and 2(coaching and directing over 200 Artists dancers, acrobats, musicians, Singers, actors, jugglers...etc.).
Titus was the Dance coach and Choreographer for “TROPICANA SHOW“, a major 90’s dance driven Musical Variety Show on CRTV(Cameroon Radio
Fotso is a Recording Artist, Vocalist, Songwriter and Music Producer of his own “JAMBOULA BEAT!” and “TECHNO KOSSA” Music
Director of the AFRICADANCE INSTITUTE and CONFERENCE PROJECT, Titus has created and developed a standard curriculum for the "KOSSA" new form of dance and Technique. He hopes to integrate this curriculum into an accredited program of certification for students and teachers of dance around the world. Titus Fotso is currently developing several Dance and Musical projects.
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS: He has been Chancellor's Distinguished/Lecture/Master teacher in Residence at major Arts and Dance Institutions, Dance Schools and Universities across the United States of America including: University of Southern California, University of California Irvine, University of California in Los Angeles, the Watts Tower Arts Center, the Debbie Allen Dance Institute at Texas Christian University, and Booker T. Washington Performing Arts School in DallasTexas, Saint Joseph Ballet, Lula Washington Dance School, Santa Monica College, Rhythm Nation Dance School and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (original Faculty member).
1999 Winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the World Music Category with his song “SPIRIT DANCER”.
2011 Finalist and Honorable mention at the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in the World Music Category with his song
CREDITS: Cast member and associate choreographer in Debbie Allen's theatrical productions of "Soul Possessed" (1999,2000/2001) for the Kennedy Center and the Alliance Theatre Company, dance consultant in Debbie Allen's "Pepito's Story"(2003), dance consultant and choreographer of the Congo Square scene of "Romeo and Juliet" for The Theatre at Boston Court (2003).
In U.S.A. he appeared in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad", the HBO Special "MIDDLE OF PASSAGE" directed by Debbie Allen, lead dancer and associate choreographer for the musical Theatre "From the Heart of Love" directed by Richard Lawson.
He collaborated with DreamWorks Animation Studios on dance research for "MADAGASCAR ESCAPE TO AFRICA
Titus recently graduated from Lane Community College with a degree in Multimedia Design as well as a Certificate in Audio Engineering and Music Technology.
"There is so much evil in the world! I suffered abuse as a child, and I have been shaped into a man by dark forces. But in Maya Angelou’s immortal words, “Still I rise!”
The UniverSoul Sound System contains and embraces all of humanity, both shadow and light. These songs are to end abuse, to expand the soul of the people with rhythm and joy. One world, one love, one UniverSoul Sound System.
My name is Titus Fotso, and I am a Citizen of the World. I have survived all to bring to you my soul, my vision, my music and my dance.
I welcome your friendship, support and to a joyous performance of the UniverSoul Sound System!"