Blog September 25, 2012
Obo Addy Memorial
Friends We've lost one of America's pioneering African artists.  Born into the Ga ethnic group in Ghana, Obo came to the Pacific northwest in the late '70s to teach at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Afropop's Banning Eyre recalls seeing his "Afropop fusion" band in Oregon in 1982, years before the word "Afropop"--let alone our radio program--had even been conceived.  And Obo kept going through all the twists and turns in the road that came afterwards. Truly this was a man ahead of his time, and he will be deeply missed by so many whose lives and musicality he touched and shaped. Here is information on a public memorial service for a great man!
Obo Addy
1936 - 2012
Public Memorial Service
Saturday, October 6th
Lewis and Clark College
Agnes Flanagan Chapel
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, Portland, OR, 97219
Click here for a map of Lewis & Clark College
to locate the chapel and the many parking lots
on campus.
Obo Addy was a master drummer, award-winning composer, brilliant musician, skilled teacher, beloved husband, father and grandfather.  We hope you can join us for this remembrance of the life and work of Obo.
This memorial program will include speakers, musical performances, a slide show and a short film.
The end of the program will be open for those
in attendance to share memories.
Help us honor Obo's legacy as we now begin to plan for a traditional ceremony in Ghana
appropriate for his position as a Chief
in the Sowutuom region of Accra.
For this ceremony, Susan will need to fly to Ghana for traditional services as Obo's title of Chief is passed from him to the next chosen person.
Obo Addy's family has set up a page on to help raise funds 
for the ceremonies in Ghana. For those who have already contributed, we greatly thank you for your generosity which enabled us to present these memorial services in Portland and to assist with covering the expenses associated with Obo's illness.