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Obo Addy Legacy Project Farewell

Celebration to honor 32 years of outreach

8/15/2018, 3:01 p.m.
A celebration to honor the work of the late African musician and his wife Susan Addy, will be held on ...
The late Obo Addy was a Ghanaian drummer and dancer who was one of the first native African musicians to bring the fusion of traditional folk music and Western pop music known as worldbeat to Europe and then to the Pacific Northwest in the late 1970s.

After 32 years of introducing people to the positive music and culture of Ghana, the

Portland-based Obo Addy Legacy Project will be closing. A celebration to honor the work of the late African musician and his wife Susan Addy, will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lagunitas Community Room, 237 N.E. Broadway, Suite 300.

The Obo Addy Legacy Project was the Pacific Northwest’s first African arts organization operating under their first name Homowo African Arts and Cultures.

Susan Addy recently decided to retire after a serious illness and subsequent recovery. She has been the executive director of the non-profit group since its inception in 1986. Obo Addy died in 2012. The music and curriculum were based on his teachings as a legendary master percussionist, composer, and educator.

Over the years, the project sponsored events and activities that allowed audiences and students to see the African roots of more familiar, popular music and how musical forms are intricately woven into the fabric of everyday life. Working in local schools, the organization gave kids an overview of rhythm, movement, storytelling, and singing in traditional Ghanaian culture and workshops to introduce the drumming and dance in their techniques specific to Ghana, West Africa.

The organization’s resident performing troupe Okropong, comprised of 29 drummers and dancers originally from Ghana who made their home in Portland, had their final performance July 5 at the Waterfront Blues Festival.

For tickets and more information, visit oboaddylegacyproject.org.