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Internationally known Master Drummer and folklorist, S. Kwaku Daddy, introduces traditional culture, music, dance and stories of Ghana, and Africa to children and teachers of America.

The introduction, presented through Daddy's performances, workshops, books and recordings discuss how art and culture reflect the inner lives of African people. It also demonstrates traditional music as an integral part of everyday activity.

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Kwaku was born and raised in Ghana. A dynamic performer and spellbinding folklorist, he brings history alive through customs and ritual tradition reflected in the vibrant sounds and rhythms of the African surroundings.

Daddy has performed with world class artists in jazz, rhythm and blues and reggae, including Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Bellson and Randy Weston. In 1978, Daddy assisted the Paul Winter Consort with their "Common Ground" album.

 

In 1990, Daddy performed "African Concerto" as guest composer and soloist with the Santa Rosa Symphony in cooperation with the area school districts for multicultural studies. The same year, he was the recipient of the Sonoma County Arts Traditional Folk Artist Award.

Mr. Daddy integrates West African philosophy, history, culture, music and dance into the core curriculum of his classes. Currently he is teaching in the Music Department at City College of San Francisco as well as at Sonoma State University.

His greatest expertise is the thunderous power of his drumming. To be a master drummer is one of the highest honors a man can achieve in Africa. America is priviledged to share in this ritual with Kwaku.