August 28, 2017 7PM
For decades, the musical traditions of Ghana were explored and extended by Ghana-born and Portland-based drummer, composer, and bandleader Obo Addy. Together with his world beat band, Kukrudu, and traditional quartet, Okropong, Addy was one of Ghana's greatest musical ambassadors. A recipient of the prestigious national Heritage Fellowship Award by the National Endowment for the Arts, Addy toured extensively through the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Australia creating cultural awareness and understanding through the presentation of African music, dance and culture.
Join us for a presentation on Obo Addy's impact on the Pacific Northwest, including a performance by Okropong.
Though he passed away in 2012, Addy's work carries on through the Obo Addy Legacy Project, which includes educational offerings, concerts and performing arts groups that tour the country. Their mission is to preserve and present African music, dance and culture, as well as create new work and collaborate in ways that will strengthen the community. Their overarching goal is to work forward from Obo Addy's vision and ideas and use this as the springboard to new work and new ideas.
The Obo Addy Legacy Project was formed in 1986 under the name "Homowo African Arts and Cultures." Based in Portland, they've produced an African Music and Art Festival for 15 years (the Homowo Festival for African Arts), award winning programs in schools for 28 years, and an African Arts Day Camp for 15 years. They have served over one million people with high quality performances and educational opportunities and are known for their deep commitment to school age children.