The music and dance traditions of Ghana are preserved through the playing of New York-based drummer and choreographer Yacub Addy and his group, Odadaa! While the New York Times called the group, "a treasure," Rhythm magazine suggested that Odadaa! offered a "glimpse into a living world in which music -- drumming, particularly -- is the lifeblood of the community, a fresh awareness of one's self and one's brothers and sisters." Describing a concert by Odadaa!, the Washington Post wrote, "Odadaa!" sets the stage ablaze with brilliant robes, torrential drumming, and frenzied dancing."
Formed in 1982, Odadaa! is an extension of groups that Addy has led since 1957, including Ashieduketrekre, the first professional Ghanaian group to perform in the West. The group takes its name from a traditional rhythm that is played once a year to celebrate the opening of the harvest season by the Ga people of Ghana's capital, Accra. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi