drummer brings his beat to U.Va.
musical history will come to life when Ghanaian master drummer
Obo Addy steps on stage at 8:15 p.m. Oct. 23 at Old Cabell Hall
an originator of worldbeat, performs traditional Ghanaian
music using a variety of hand and stick drums, talking drums,
bells and shakers.
was designated a master drummer at the age of six.
After World War II, he absorbed international pop music
and performed in many bands, mostly playing European and American
music. He later gravitated to highlife, a blend of
African and European instrumentation. In 1972, he and his brothers
performed at the Olympic Games in Munich and embarked on an international
settled in Portland, Oregon, in 1978. With his wife, Susan, he
created Homowo African Arts and Cultures, which holds an annual
festival aimed at introducing people to Ghanaian music. He also
leads arts and culture tours to Ghana on an annual basis to share
his rich heritage with interested Americans.
available at the Cabell Hall Box Office at 924-3984, are $10 for
the general public, $5 for students, and 5ARTS$ for U.Va. students.
The box office is open 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
and two hours before each concert.