Musicians from Ghana, Kenya, Republic of Congo, and Zimbabwe lead
powerful performances by five ensembles of African musicians who now
live in the United States. Studio recordings from 1995‒1998, these
rhythmic tracks feature memories of childhood, the instrumentation and
performance styles of contemporary Afropop, and experimentation with new
international musical styles.
Born in Ghana, the son of a traditional healer, Obo Addy grew up around the drumming and vocal music of Ghana's Ga people. Along with his brothers, Yacoub and Mustapha, Obo formed a dynamic group, which quickly rose to the top of Ghana's booming music scene in the mid-1960s. After touring Africa, Europe, Australia, and Asia with Oboade, the Addy brothers eventually toured the United States to critical acclaim in the 1970s. After the ensemble dispersed, Obo Addy formed the nucleus of a drumming network in Portland that has now spread throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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