African band to play tonight at rec center
Obuamah Laud Addy, along with the band Norchemi, will perform at the Jamestown Recreation Center on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. Norchemi is a traditional West African drumming, dance and percussion ensemble that actively performs in educational programs in Rhode Island. Addy hopes to tell a story of West Africa and how its culture and good spiritual values and traditions can teach the youth and adults to follow a pathway of peace and harmony. He was born and raised in Ghana in a family of traditional musicians and healers. During the 1970s, he played Ghana’s popular dance music with several bands as the lead singer and a percussionist. In 1983, he came to the U.S. and joined the ensemble Odadda as a lead singer, led by his uncle Yacub Addy, who most recently was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. In 2010, Addy established the AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra with the help of Umberto Crenca and the Rhode Island Philharmonic School of Music in Providence, Rhode Island. He is the musical director. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call Debbie Tungett at 423-7261.