ADAAWE
Seven Women Strong
September 29, 2011

This is ADAAWE. Music from Africa, music from America. Spirit sent. Heart felt. This is skin on skin, wood on wood, voices on air. The first heartbeat. Reality. Put your ear to Earth and listen. Adaawe are seven dynamic, diverse women creating rich, organic music for the voice and drum. They come from their hearts and they speak to the soul. In the Adaawe traditions 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. These beautiful and skilled percussionists and vocalists come from all over the world. An international fusion of African music and rhythms, R & B pop vocals, arresting Gospel harmonies, and funky original creations. They have opened for James Brown, Los Lobos, Yolanda Adams, Michelle Shocked, James Ingram, Harry Belafonte and many others. Adaawe’s music is a healing force propelled by the power of women’s voices and the communication of the drum.

$25 in advance / $30 at door / $20 students

What People Are Saying:

"But the top music story at this year's festival was undoubtedly Adaawe, an L.A.-based rhythm and vocals outfit that featured seven talented and diverse women. Oh, there were other anticipated performers (Mickey Hart) who dazzled the crowd, but Adaawe blew away its audiences with its mix of high-octane percussion, funk, Gospel-infused lyrics and pure joy. The women, a melting pot of talent from Kenya, Morocco and Brazil as well as the United States, performed three times and became the talk of the festival.”
- Alan Sheckter, Sixth Annual California Worldfest
“You're going to love them!”
- Barb Junger, BBC Radio, Scotland
“The crowd was enraptured by the invigorating, seven-woman percussion group ADAAWE.”
- Steve Hochman, Los Angeles Times
“The seven-woman-strong African musical group, ADAAWE, transformed UCSB's Multicultural Center Theatre into an international kaleidoscope of sights and sounds utilizing an extensive array of African drums and percussion instruments accompanied by multilingual vocals and “a capella” exclamations of ancestral joy. It was extraordinary to see women play large drums with an intensity and preciseness equal to any man's.”
- Santa Barbara Independent
“ADAAWE, an international seven-member group of women drummers, singers and percussionists - could be described as L.A.'s answer to Zap Mama.”
- Los Angeles Weekly
“A potent, a capella force...powerful drumbeats...beautiful, good, good music.”
- DJ Nnamdi Moweta, KPFK 90.7 FM, L.A.

“The crowd was enraptured by the invigorating, seven-woman percussion group ADAAWE.”

- Steve Hochman, Los Angeles Times

“ADAAWE, an international seven-member group of women drummers, singers and percussionists could be described as L.A.'s answer to Zap Mama.”
- Los Angeles Weekly

“A potent, a capella force...powerful drumbeats...beautiful, good, good music.”
- DJ Nnamdi Moweta, KPFK 90.7 FM, L.A.

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