Summer By The River: Abass Dodoo & One-Drum Rhythms

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Abass was born in Nsawam, southern Ghana into a legendary, internationally acclaimed family of drummers, dancers and healers. Before his sixth birthday he was inspired to play the drum by his grandmother “Abiba Okailey Ablah” who taught him drumming by singing traditional rhythms. The family of Royal master Ghanaian Drummers was not only steeped in the traditions of Ghanaian music and dance, but also in the folklore of traditional medicines. Abass was mentored by his uncle, Mustapha Tettey Addy; performing at WOMAD for almost 40yrs.

Apart from running numerous workshops and masterclasses Abass has worked with the legendary CREAM drummer Ginger Baker, for 13 years. Touring legendary Jazz venues and festivals around the globe, together Baker and Dodoo collaborated to perform and produce clinics and workshops.Additionally, Abass recorded an album in 2014, titled; “WHY”. In 2015 he was invited to play on Van Morrison’s new album, titled, DUETS.


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