1. Yacub Addy's Odadaa! in NYC

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    Highlights of a performance by Yacub Addy's Odadaa! March 28, 2009 at Symphony Space, NYC for the World Music Institute. An exceptional ensemble of artists from Ghana, Odadaa! includes drummers, instrumentalists, singers and dancers of the Ga ethnic group, and a single American-born singer. Odadaa!'s founder and leader is the elder Ga drum master Yacub Addy, a hip and cosmopolitan traditionalist who bucked the status quo to live a life of culture. Personal documentation of Yacub Addy's work, edited together and shared by his partner Amina Addy of Y+A Addy Management. Videographer: Penny Ward Editing: Amina Addy with Steve Dinyer © Yacub Addy 2009 Check yacubaddy.com for much more info on Yacub Addy and Odadaa!.

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    • Yacub Addy and his ensemble Odadaa!

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      Excerpts of Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy's performances with his exceptional ensemble Odadaa!, which feature him playing master drum parts of traditional and creative pieces, as well as skillfully negotiating an improv with Wynton Marsalis when the renowned trumpeter surprised him with new material on stage at the 07 Montreal Jazz Festival. Excerpts were taken from: 1) "Congo Square - Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Yacub Addy and Odadaa!" at the Montreal Jazz Festival 07. "Congo Square" was co-composed by Wynton Marsalis and Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy. 2) Video documentation of "Africa Jazz", presented 5/03, Columbia University, NYC by Jazz at Lincoln Center, a collaboration by Yacub Addy and Wynton Marsalis which featured Odadaa! and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Selected clip features Yacub Addy and Odadaa!. Personal documentation of Yacub Addy's work, edited together and shared by his partner Amina Addy of Y+A Addy Management with the contractual permission of Skayne's Music and Amerimage-Spectra. Editing: Amina Addy with Steve Dinyer "Congo Square" was co-written by Yacub Addy and Wynton Marsalis. "Bamai", Yacub Addy's father's medicine music. "Odododiodio", composed by Yacub Addy. "Beduwe", lyrical arrangement and music by Yacub Addy. "Improv", Wynton Marsalis and Yacub Addy. Check yacubaddy.com for much more info on Yacub Addy, Odadaa! and "Congo Square".

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      • Congo Square Premiere

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        April 23, 2006 a historic new composition was premiered as part of the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. It's performance by 16 American and 9 African musicians on a stage built in Congo Square was a gift to the Crescent City. It honored the importance of the Square as the center of New Orleans music and culture and it's importance to the totality of American music. It's first performance was intended by the creators as spiritual support for the recovery. It was a historic collaboration between Wynton Marsalis and the elder drummer from Ghana, Yacub Addy, which combined traditional Ghanaian percussion and vocals with jazz forms, including traditional New Orleans jazz. The 2+ hour piece is called simply, "Congo Square". Yacub Addy is a very real and sincere elder with deep knowledge of traditional Ghanaian culture and it's connection to jazz forms. Many pieces are included in the music that truly broke ground - such as a hot combination of second line and the Ghanaian processional rhythm Kolomashi in the opener, "Ring Shout". The New York based Jazz at Lincoln Center produced the exceptional project and it's New Orleans premiere, which was part of a week of artistic and educational residency activities by the project's artists in the City. A page on Yacub Addy's web site is dedicated to the project. http://www.yacubaddy.com/wynton.html

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        • Odadaa! Excerpts - "Congo Square"

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          Excerpts of Yacub Addy and Odadaa!'s performance from "Congo Square - Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Yacub Addy and Odadaa!" at the Montreal Jazz Festival 07. "Congo Square" was co-composed by Wynton Marsalis and Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy. Personal documentation of Yacub Addy's work, edited together and shared by his partner Amina Addy of Y+A Addy Management with the contractual permission of Skayne's Music and Amerimage-Spectra. Editing: Amina Addy with Steve Dinyer Check yacubaddy.com for much more info on this project.

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          • Giving Life

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            Giving Life: Culture of the Ga in Ghana Produced by Yacub and Amina Addy, 1998 Cameras: Habib. A. Okan and Collier Hyams Editing: Amina Addy with Ted Singdahlsen Resulting from a research project conducted in Ghana by Yacub Addy in May - June 1997. Supported by a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation to the World Music Institute for Yacub Addy. Check yacubaddy.com for more information on Yacub Addy's artistic and cultural activities.

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            • "Congo Square" Excerpts

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              Excerpts of "Congo Square - Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Yacub Addy and Odadaa!" at the Montreal Jazz Festival 07. "Congo Square" was co-composed by Wynton Marsalis and Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy. Personal documentation of Yacub Addy's work, edited together and shared by his partner Amina Addy of Y+A Addy Management with the contractual permission of Skayne's Music and Amerimage-Spectra. Editing: Amina Addy with Kyle McDonald Check yacubaddy.com for much more info on this project.

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              • Wynton Marsalis Discusses "Congo Square" with Tavis Smiley

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                Excepts from Tavis Smiley's interview with Wynton Marsalis re the "Congo Square" project co-composed by Wynton Marsalis and Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy. Yacub Addy's partner Amina Addy of Y+A Addy Management has permission from the Tavis Smiley show to use interview for Yacub Addy's web site. Check yacubaddy.com for much more info on this project.

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