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"Yacub is a genius. A man with great depth of feeling.
It is one of the highlights of my life to work with him
and his wife Amina and work with Odadaa!."

- Wynton Marsalis

The irrepressible Yacub Addy is a hip elder drummer, composer and choreographer, senior among the renowned Addy family of drummers from Accra, Ghana. He’s a master of traditional classics of the Ga people and creator of new works rooted in tradition.

A true pioneer who bucked the status quo, Addy’s art took him from Ghana to Europe and America, where he created the acclaimed performance ensemble Odadaa!, described by the New York Times as an “irresistible, hypnotically charged, earthy and stately treasure."

Addy’s work preserves and advances the vibrant musical and movement heritage of Ghana-- it is the power of ancient rhythm breathing new life into the 21st century.

Also a respected educator, Yacub Addy lectures in the Music Department at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

In 2010, Yacub Addy was awarded America's highest honor for traditional and folk artists, a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

• 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow
• Incredible NEA interview
• Calendar of Events
• Full Biography
• Slide Shows

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