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On Okropong he presents several traditional songs sung in a vigorous call and response style to the accompaniment of many African hand drums and gongo bells. Also included are two original instrumentals featuring lively melodies played on a soft-toned wooden xylophone. Obo Addy multi-tracks himself to create his complex drum orchestra and chorus, playing all the instruments on all but one cut on this dynamic and highly rhythmic album. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Obo is truely a master

I had the priviledge of meeting Obo for a class I took in college, and besides the fact that he flawlessly performs his music just as he has been for his whole life, but he also has a warm and sincere personality that makes you hang on his every word as well as his every drum beat. he is amazing, very talented, and a true treaure on earth. this album is very relaxing and great to put on while doing homework. the rythms are sensational, and the singing is so intoxicating and serene. it's a great buy, you won't regret it, even if you are not all that into African music.

Luv'er of ALL things African

I LUV!!!!! This Album! Beautiful, Strong and Impacting! Bravo!!!


Born: January 15, 1936 in Accra, Ghana

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The musical traditions of Ghana have been explored and extended by Ghana-born and Seattle-based drummer, composer, and bandleader Obo Addy. Together with his world beat band, Kukrudu, and traditional quartet, Okropong, Addy was one of Ghana's greatest musical ambassadors. A recipient of the prestigious national Heritage Fellowship Award by the National Endowment for the Arts, Addy toured extensively through the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. The son of a Wonche priest and medicine...
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