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Homowo African Arts & Cultures began as a dream...

Established in 1986, Homowo African Arts and Cultures celebrates its 25th anniversary with a new name and a more focused direction for the organization. Hereafter known as The Obo Addy Legacy Project, the non-profit will carry forth the work begun by Homowo African Arts & Cultures while focusing on creating, performing and teaching African arts under the continuing direction of Obo Addy.

Addy is renowned as a leader, a teacher, an entertainer and an artist of numerous genres. Under his continued leadership and vision, the Obo Addy Legacy Project will concentrate its efforts on producing major artistic performances, teaching in both K-12 schools and at the college level, and writing compositions.

"Through his music and teaching, Obo has affected hundreds of thousands of lives in the Pacific Northwest and beyond," said Susan Addy, executive director of The Obo Addy Legacy Project. "His legacy is being written as he continues to share his talent with young people around the country."

Founded by Obo and Susan Addy in 1986, Homowo African Arts & Cultures originally existed as a virtual cultural center with offerings in schools, parks, community centers and performance venues all over the country. The Obo Addy Legacy Project will continue Homowo's valuable work of adding to the quality of life, the diversity and the creativity of the Northwest.

"The organization's name has changed, but the vision of Homowo remains the same," stated Susan Addy. "We will bring meaningful programs to communities encouraging cultural connections, providing a different view of the world and growing as a music and dance professional company as we reach world class status."

A Master Drummer of Ghana, Addy has been entertaining audiences in the U.S. for more than 35 years. His charismatic spirit, rapid-fire hands, and powerful voice continue to drive audiences to their feet. Among his countless honors, Addy has received the National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts under President Bill Clinton, the Governors Award for the Arts in Oregon, The Masters Fellowship from the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Masters Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Obo & Susan Addy
Artistic & Executive Directors


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Our Mission

Obo Addy Legacy Project, based in the Northwest, provides the world with a non-profit organization which offers authentic experiences with the music and dance of Ghana, West Africa. We create cultural awareness and understanding through our educational offerings, annual festival and performing groups that tour the world.

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