This summer, Latham’s Yacub Addy – Ghanaian drum master, leader of the African drum and dance performance group Odadaa! and music teacher at Skidmore College – was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. (Read more here with video.)
Last Friday night, Addy and the other fellowship recipients gathered at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland for a concert in their honor. Among the other performer-recipients were fiddler “Texas Shorty” Chancellor, veteran bluegrass guitarist-singer Del McCoury and Celtic music flutist Mike Rafferty. Addy and Odadaa! headlined the prestigious concert.
You can watch the entire concert below. Addy’s performance begins at about the 1 hour and 32 minute mark: