DiaTribe: From the Village to the Streets

23 Apr

Obo Addy

International artist, Young Audiences’ Roster Artist and Portland treasure Obo Addy takes to the streets, collaborates with the local hip hop community for a one-night event.  Following are the details:

DiaTribe: From the Village to the Streets blends traditional Ghanaian drumming with modern day music and dance

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 23, 2012 – The newest production by the Obo Addy Legacy Project, DiaTribe: From the Village to the Streets, demonstrates the powerful connection between African traditions and the newer forms of dance and music popularized by today’s young African Americans. The legendary Obo Addy will be joined by well-known Portland artists Mic Crenshaw and Alan Wone to present a history of African music and dance from its traditional roots to urban dance music. The all ages show will take place May 25 at 7:30 pm at the Alberta Rose Theatre. Tickets are $20 in advance and $15 for ages 16 and under. Tickets can be purchased through the Alberta Rose website: www.albertarosetheatre.com/tickets.html.

Addy is an internationally acclaimed performer and composer whose music reaches far beyond the boundaries of his land of birth. Born into the Ga ethnic group in Accra, Ghana, Addy was one of the 55 children of Jacob Kpani Addy, a wonche or medicine man who integrated rhythmic music into healing and other rituals. Obo Addy’s earliest musical influence was the traditional music of the Ga people, but he was also influenced as an adolescent by popular music from Europe and the United States, and performed in local bands that played Westernized music and the dance music of Ghana known as highlife. He currently teaches at Lewis & Clark College and is the leader of two musical groups. Over the years, Addy has shared his music with more than one million Americans. He is passionate about rap and hip hop and believes that its positive messages need to be heard.

Crenshaw is a world class MC and poet emerging on the national and international stage. He has been the driving force for some of most popular hip hop artists in the region, including Hungry Mob, Suckapunch and Cleveland Steamers, releasing numerous albums. The Portland Mercury called Crenshaw (with the Lifesavas) “two of the very best hip-hop acts in PDX.” In 2009, he released his debut solo CD, “Thinking Out Loud,” which spent 10 weeks on CMJ’s National Radio Hip Hop Charts in the top 10, peaking at number four. He has since collaborated and shared the stage with major national and international acts including Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, the legendary Fugees, Ice Cube, Outkast, Wu-Tang Clan and many others.

Alan Wone is a writer, filmmaker and educator of the media arts who has been acting for more than 30 years and writing for 15. He branded a creative writing style that he developed as curriculum for teenagers called “Philosofloetry.” He has four feature films to his credit and is a self-published author with a poetry series called “Afro-Isms and Deja Views” complete with a companion CD featuring live nightclub performances appropriately titled “Audio-Isms & Deja Grooves.” Wone will be directing DiaTribe: From The Village To The Streets and states: “The world needs to be taught the birth of the drum and its universal journey throughout the body of rhythm, especially hip-hop. DiaTribe blends two of my loves – percussion and vocal expression – to form a most magical, mutually musical matrimony of heart and soul.”

This program is sponsored in part by The Collins Foundation and The Oregon Cultural Trust. For more information, interviews and photos, contact Susan Addy at susan@oboaddylegacyproject.org or 503-810-0496.

source: Chris Crabb, Crabbsoup Public Relations

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