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Monday, August 5, 2013

Tonight in Music: Obo Addy Tribute

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:01 AM

(Washington Park, 400 SW Kingston) Today's free outdoor concert is a fitting tribute to one of the Northwest's most esteemed cross-cultural musical figures. Originally from Ghana, Obo Addy is responsible for integrating African arts into schools, parks, and community centers across the country as a resource and spokesman for the traditional dance and percussive elements of his homeland. Locally, Obo's tenure as an instructor at Lewis & Clark College allowed for countless generations of liberal arts students to experience the polyrythmic complexities and spirited movements endemic to a distinct West African cultural heritage. Addy passed away from liver cancer last September, and left behind a legacy spanning his multifaceted roles as a composer, educator, music teacher, and dance instructor. This event will act as a capstone to his experience in America and serve as a prelude to a traditional ceremony abroad to commemorate his role as a Chief in the Sowutuom region in Accra, Ghana. Expect traditional West African music and dance, with a progression into contemporary hip-hop and breakdance as a true homage to the hybrid nature of Obo's musical identity and heritage. WYATT SCHAFFNER

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