ADAAWE is seven dynamic, diverse women creating rich organic music of the voice and drum, which comes from the heart and speaks to the soul! In the Adaawe tradition of Ghana, West Africa, women gather in the moonlight to create music and songs about life’s joys and sorrows. Through constant improvisation, they breathe new life into ancient music. Their spirit of celebration and strength is the inspiration behind ADAAWE.
These beautiful and skilled percussionists and vocalists come from all over the world, and their music is an international fusion of African music and rhythms, R&B/pop vocals, arresting Gospel vocal harmonies, and funky original creations. ADAAWE brings audiences to their feet with high energy djembe drumming, opens their minds with poetic lyrics and hypnotizes them with the traditional women’s music of West Africa. ADAAWE’s music is a healing force propelled by the power of women’s voices and the communication of the drum. ADAAWE brings world music to the mainstream, African drums to pop culture, and meaning back to music.
In this challenging time in our world’s history, intercultural understanding and celebration of diversity is more important than ever.
Since 1996, ADAAWE has performed locally and nationally at many colleges, universities, performing arts venues, music festivals, and community events. They have opened for James Brown, Mickey Hart, Los Lobos, Yolanda Adams, Sugar Hill Gang, Michelle Shocked, Spearhead, James Ingram, Harry Belafonte and many others. Their celebratory concert appearances are not to be missed, and their informative school shows reach the next generation with humor, fun and musical understanding.