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Obo Addy Memorial

Friends

We’ve lost one of America’s pioneering African artists.  Born into the Ga ethnic group in Ghana, Obo came to the Pacific northwest in the late ’70s to teach at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Afropop’s Banning Eyre recalls seeing his “Afropop fusion” band in Oregon in 1982, years before the word “Afropop”–let alone our radio program–had even been conceived.  And Obo kept going through all the twists and turns in the road that came afterwards. Truly this was a man ahead of his time, and he will be deeply missed by so many whose lives and musicality he touched and shaped.

Here is information on a public memorial service for a great man!

Obo Addy

1936 – 2012

Public Memorial Service
Saturday, October 6th
5:30pm
Lewis and Clark College
Agnes Flanagan Chapel
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, Portland, OR, 97219
Click here for a map of Lewis & Clark College
to locate the chapel and the many parking lots
on campus.
Obo Addy was a master drummer, award-winning composer, brilliant musician, skilled teacher, beloved husband, father and grandfather. 

We hope you can join us for this remembrance
of the life and work of Obo.

This memorial program will include speakers, musical performances, a slide show and a short film.
The end of the program will be open for those
in attendance to share memories.
Help us honor Obo’s legacy as we now begin to plan for a traditional ceremony in Ghana
appropriate for his position as a Chief

in the Sowutuom region of Accra.

For this ceremony, Susan will need to fly to Ghana
for traditional services as Obo’s title of Chief is
passed from him to the next chosen person.
Obo Addy’s family has set up a page on www.indiegogo.com/oboaddy
to help raise funds 

for the ceremonies in Ghana. For those who have already contributed, we greatly
thank you for your generosity
which enabled us to present these memorial services in Portland and to assist with covering the expenses associated with Obo’s illness.
www.oboaddylegacyproject.org