A poetic tribute by A.J. Wone
Obo Addy, one of the key originators of the seminal musical movement now known as “Worldbeat”, was a prominent member of the first generation of African musicians to bring their traditional and popular music to Europe and America. An original and respected composer whose music reached far beyond the boundaries of his land of birth, Addy had a forty-year presence on the international performing arts scene and became known for his ability to celebrate past traditions while expanding to embrace new ideas and foreign influences through his music and community outreach work as director of The Obo Addy Legacy Project.
Obo passed away of liver cancer on September 13, 2012.