Here is the complete uncut interview with Obo Addy less than a year ago backstage at last year’s OMHOF Ceremony. We believe it was his last on-camera interview.
He talks candidly about his illness, his career, his history and the importance of teaching children. God bless him.
Ghanian master drummer, beloved teacher, and long time Portland treasure, Obo Addy, died Thursday afternoon after a long battle with liver cancer. He was 76 years old. The son of a Wonche medicine man, and one of 55 children, Addy emigrated to the United States from West Africa in 1978 and moved to Portland soon thereafter. At the forefront of the World music movement, he was one of the first to bring African musical culture to mainstream American audiences. In 1996 Obo Addy was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment of the Arts. He leaves behind his wife, Susan, and six children. The family has set up a page to help raise funds for costs related to Obo’s illness and funeral expenses athttp://www.indiegogo.com/oboaddy.