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January 25, 2021
For this episode, we are going to go to Africa in Portland. Legendary African drummer Obo Addy lived, performed and taught in Portland for many years. Hundreds if not thousands of kids got to see him perform live in assembly at their school. Thousands of others around the world were lucky enough to see him perform publicly. Obo was one of the first native African musicians to bring the fusion of traditional folk music and Western pop music known as worldbeat to Europe and then to the Pacific Northwest of the United States in the late 1970s. Unfortunately, we lost Obo in 2018. Obo was a great friend and inspiration to the shop and this video shows the sale we had in our parking lot. Some of these drums (Obonu, Fontomfrom, Ewe, and Atumpani drums) are GIGANTIC sets designed and carved for ensembles. We also have a number of Ghanaian xylophones or Gyils, as well as kpanlogo drums, drum shells, costumes, paintings, carvings, and props. Some of these drums are still available here. Please contact us if you're interested, please contact us (503-784-2819)
If you have not checked out any of Obo's music you're in for a treat. We have them here at Rhythm Traders but wherever you get them, GET THEM! You will not regret it.
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