Yacub Addy's ODADAA!
Hypnotically charged & irresistible, Odadaa! gives powerful, earthy African polyrhythmic music that moves body & soul. Classics & original pieces feature lush, melodic drumming, guitar, bass, bamboo flutes, balafons, & rich vocals in African languages & English. http://www.yacubaddy.com/odadaa.html.
Yacub Addy's Odadaa!
Respected African drum master, composer and choregrapher Yacub Addy and his acclaimed ensemble Odadaa! bring to the stage the traditional artistry and essence of the Ga people of Accra, Ghana. Their virtuosic command of the wholeness of the culture is conveyed with a casual spontaneity that's irresistible. Named for an annual celebration in Accra, Odadaa! signals "Let the music begin!".
Called "a treasure" by the New York Times, Odadaa! presents classics and vibrant new works created by Addy and ensemble members that combine hot African polyrhythmic drumming with guitar, bamboo flutes, bass, balafons (wooden xylophones) and rich vocals in African languages and English. Ensemble can also include Ghanaian dancers whose artistry is both dynamic and subtle.
Currently the senior drummer in the renowned Addy family of drummers, singers and dancers from Accra, Ghana, Yacub Addy is a hip elder who bucked the status quo to play and live his lush traditional culture at a time his country had turned its back on heritage. Addy's music took him from Ghana to Europe and America, where he created Odadaa!, composed of artists of his own Ga ethnic group and one American vocalist. Today Odadaa! keeps alive in America traditional forms that are dying out in Ghana.
In 2010 Yacub Addy received America's highest honor for traditional and folk artists, a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Odadaa! participated in Addy's ground-breaking co-composition with jazz great Wynton Marsalis. The 2+ hour piece that combines Ghanaian rhythms and songs with jazz forms premiered in historic Congo Square in New Orleans nine months after Katrina, toured in three seasons, resulted in exceptional CD and DVD releases, and was featured in several television documentaries.
With Odadaa!, Yacub Addy also collaborated with kora master Foday Musa Suso, saxist and flutist T.K. Blue, and marimbist Stefon Harris, performing concerts of new works with each.
Yacub Addy is currently a member of the faculty of the Music Department at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.
"Yacub is a genius. A man with great depth of feeling. It is one of the highlights of my life to know him and his wife Amina and work with Odadaa!."
- Wynton Marsalis ("Congo Square" CD liner notes)
"Odadaa! is a treasurehouse of Ghanaian culture that not only performs traditional music and dance but continually invents new forms rooted in tradition. This group of artists, led by master drummer Yacub Addy, has been living in our midst for more than 25 years, constantly enriching the cultural life of the U.S."
- Robert Browning, Executive & Artistic Director, World Music Institute, NYC
Latest video demos at http://www.yacubaddy.com.odadaa.html. Click on "Odadaa!" highlighted in red at the bottom of this page.
Yacub Addy's recordings include:
- "Kpanlogo Party" with Oboade (Lyrichord Records, 1973)
- "Blema Bii - Children of the Ancients" (Makossa Records, 1982)
- "Children of the Ancients" (Aku Music, 1999)
- "Congo Square" 2-CD set (Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC, 2008)
- "Congo Square" DVD (Live at the 07 Montreal Jazz Festival, Shanachie Records [US])
- "Congo Square" DVD (Live at the 07 Montreal Jazz Festival, Emarcy Records [international], 2008)
A selection of Odadaa!'s appearances include:
-The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, DC
-Montreal Jazz Festival, QE
-New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, LA
-Symphony Space, NYC (for the World Music Institute)
-Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC
-Strand Theater, Boston, MA
-Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC
-Smithsonian Institution, DC
-America's Reunion on the Mall (President Bill Clinton's Inauguration), DC
-Houston International Festival, TX
-Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL
-Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Aspen, CO
-Gerald Ford Amphitheater, Vail, CO
-Toyohashi Black Culture Festival, Japan
-Newark Symphony Hall, NJ
-Troy Music Hall, NY
-New York State Theater at The Egg, Albany
-Carver Cultural Center, San Antonio, TX
-Clarise Smith Performing Arts Center, U of Maryland, College Park
-Darmouth College, Hanover, NH
-Columbia College, Chicago, IL
-Alverno Collee, Milwaukee, WI
-Flynn Theater, Burlington, VT
-Colden Center for the Performing Arts
-Queens College, NY
-Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
-Cal Tech, Pasadena, CA
-Tuskegee Institute, AL
-Spellman College, Atlanta, GA
-Hamilton College, Utica, NY
-Canadian Folklore Festival, ON & QE
-Festival of Folklore, San Juan, Puerto Rico
-British-American Festival, Durham, NC
-Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach, FL
-Memorial Hall, U of NC, Chapel Hill
-Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, VA
-Rochester International Jazz Festival, NY
-Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
-Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts, Bushkill, PA
-Allen Theater, Cleveland, OH
-Milwaukee Theater, Milwaukee, WI
"Cashew Blue" upcoming spring 2011. Previews on Audio page.
(Tetteh Aku Music)
"Yacub Addy's Odadaa! - Children of the Ancients"
(Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Composed by Yacub Addy & Wynton Marsalis. Featured Yacub Addy with Odadaa! & Wynton Marsalis with LCJO.)
(Shanachie Records [US],
Emarcy Records [international].
Live at 07 Montreal Jazz Festival.)
Set 1: (50 min.)
- Momo Obama
- Super (Power)
Set 2: (50 min.)
- Logo Talk
- Cashew Blue
- Kpanlogo / Oge
Find video demo of this concert including both music and dance at http://www.yacubaddy.com.odadaa.html. Click on "Odadaa!" highlighted in red at the bottom of this page.