Abass Dodoo

Abass was born in Nsawam (southern Ghana) into a legendary, internationally acclaimed family of drummers, dancers and healers, and will be teaching Ghanaian rhythms and performing this year.

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. In his family, Abass was mentored by, and under the instruction of his maternal uncle, Mustapha Tettey Addy; Master drummer, anthropologist and researcher in the field of traditional music and dance in Ghana.

Apart from running numerous workshops and master classes, Abass has worked with the legendary CREAM drummer Ginger Baker, for 10 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”, and then in 2015 he was invited to play on Van Morrison’s new album, titled, DUETS.

Abass has been involved in many innovative performances, recordings, TV appearances and educational projects, and in 2012 Abbas performed for a season in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Julius Caesar.

Educational workshops invite people of all ages and abilities to participate in, and contribute to complex and dynamic Ghanaian music and dance, through residencies, workshops, lectures and demonstrations.

Abass currently lives in the UK and works full-time as a musician, providing authentic African music, as well as Jazz rhythms and improvisation.
 

Year Contributions
2018 Performance and Workshops