OALP’s programs are integral to the cultural life of Oregon. They enhance understanding of African arts and cultural traditions, promoting and maintaining multi-generational interaction and community involvement while increasing respect for the similarities and differences between cultural groups. Also, explore more options with Obo Addy Legacy Project through partnerships and/or collaborations with your community organizations. We would love to hear from you, contact us today!

A Journey through the Rhythms and Dance of Ghana

The ensemble of professional Ghanaian musicians and dancers take students through a journey of their homeland. Featuring authentic instruments and traditional attire, each new song and dance represents a different cultural group of people in Ghana, a country where 50 different traditional languages are spoken. This show is a natural for incorporating audience participation, The ensemble shares with students how the instruments are made and played and emphasizes their value in Ghanaian culture through anecdotal stories.

African Dance Workshop

Beginning dance workshops focus on movement and rhythm specific to traditional Ghanaian dance. All workshops are accompanied by live drumming. In Ghana, dancers listen carefully to the music to hear the changes that indicate the dance movements. American dancers will be taught in the same way thus heightening their senses as they listen to all music.

Teacher Workshop

Learn about the music and culture of Ghana through an overview of how we teach hand drumming to emphasize technique, team building and confidence building skills. The workshop is taught in historical context and includes informal discussion of Ghana and its history, music in the culture, and traditional teaching techniques. Participants will have the use of an authentic Ghanaian drum. Teachers can learn more about the rich traditions to supplement the appearance of Okropong at a school assembly program.

The Obo Addy Drummers

Focusing on the drumming and singing of Ghana, the musicians bring rich harmonies and complicated rhythms to represent the Ghanaian traditions. The music represents many of the ethnic groups within the country and the use of different drums shows the diversity of instrumentation. This show works well when space is an issue.

African Drumming Workshop

Drumming workshops are built around the five hand techniques developed by Obo Addy and his brothers in the 1970’s. The techniques will be taught singly and with both hands. These techniques enable drummers to find an incredible range of sound within the drum while keeping their hands safe from damage that can be incurred from improper technique.

Music of Ghana Lecture/Demonstration

In a classroom setting, the ensemble demonstrate the different instruments used throughout the performance. This is supplemented with materials teachers can use in the classroom.

The Dialogue of Rhythms and United Movement Language Program (DRUM)

is a culturally responsive and integrated holistic arts curriculum that connects African traditions to the roots of popular youth culture in the United States.

DRUM is an artistic production and residency program that powerfully demonstrates the direct cultural connections between African and African American cultures.  This program features a sequential curriculum and guest artists representing African music and dance, hip hop, rap, spoken word and drawing.

Teachers and artists provide an overview of traditional music, rhythms, movement, storytelling and singing from Ghana West Africa.  Ghanaian drumming and dancing is highlighted in order to encourage movement with physical exercise, team building and community engagement.  This promotes emotional and physical health and safety.

Primary goals of DRUM are to:  1) Share the historic roots of contemporary Black music and dance forms.  2) Introduce youth to an exciting program that brings together cultures in a positive way.  3) Help young people see the value of their own and all cultures and cultural expressions.  4) Engage youth through dynamic arts programming that highlights the depth, breadth and roots of popular culture.  5) Teach about media literacy and becoming culture creators rather than culture consumers.