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Master Drummer from Ghana
Mustapha Tettey Addy
Master Drummer from Ghana
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Of all the musical giants to emerge from West Africa in the last twenty-five years, few have equaled the stature of the great Mustapha Tettey Addy, master GA drummer from Ghana. Addy was born in the traditional Ga area of ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Mustapha Tettey Addy
Title: Master Drummer from Ghana
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Lyrichord Discs Inc.
Original Release Date: 4/20/1995
Re-Release Date: 4/18/1995
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 744457725023, 744457725047

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Of all the musical giants to emerge from West Africa in the last twenty-five years, few have equaled the stature of the great Mustapha Tettey Addy, master GA drummer from Ghana. Addy was born in the traditional Ga area of Ghana in 1942 into a large family of famous drummers and dancers. Learning the gongs, Dongo, Blekete, Fanti Osode, and the famous talking drum, as well as other traditional Ga drums at a very early age, he has performed, toured and recorded throughout the world, exporting an appreciation of these wonderful rhythms to continually wider and more enthusiastic international audiences. On this recording produced by Michael Steyn of Tangent Records, U.K., Mustapha Tettey Addy unleashes the rhythms of the Ashanti, Ga, Fanti, Ewe and Dagomba peoples of West Africa. This legendary master is captured here at his best in a classic and timeless solo performance.
 

CD Reviews

A Stupendous Percussion Virtuoso in the Ga Tradition!
Dr. Isaac Richmond Nettey | Kent, Ohio, United States | 05/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The exquisite quality of Mustapha Tettey Addy's drumming skills is consonant with the richly eclectic traditions of other legendary Ghanaian drummers from the Ga tribe of Accra, Ghana. Others in this rich pantheon of Ga drummers whose skills encompass all the rich percussion traditions of Ghana include the venerable Guy Warren or Kofi Ghanaba and his son Allotey Ghanaba. The extent of Tettey Addy's virtuosity is manifested in the degree of mastery he demonstrates in the equally rich but quite different drumming traditions of the Ashanti, Ewe, Fanti, and northern tribes of Ghana. Equally poignant is the transition from archaic traditional percussion music associated with very serious traditional rituals to the more exciting pieces of popular street music such as the kpanlogo riffs on this album. Tettey Addy's work in this fine album is an obvious must in the collection of any person with an interest in percussion, African, or World music."