CANNON BEACH — The Tolovana Arts Colony will present a free children’s concert, featuring Chata Addy and the Susuma band, in Cannon Beach’s downtown city park 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4.
Born and raised in Ghana, Addy’s bright, lively, upbeat and joyous music — dubbed “Afro Reggae and Funky Highlife” — is rooted in West African rhythms.
“The performance will be danceable, energetic and engaging,” organizers said.
Chata Addy is the nephew of Obo Addy, recognized as a pioneer in sharing African-influenced “worldbeat” throughout the Western world. Chata, as well as Obo, has performed and recorded with the renown bandleader King Sunny Ade.
Since settling in the Pacific Northwest some 40 years ago, Addy has maintained his uncle’s legacy, sharing African music throughout the region. Besides live performance, Addy regularly teaches drumming, dance, music and culture workshops to children and adults of all ages.
The six-piece Susuma band features Addy on drums — congas and the expressive “talking drum” — and vocals. He is joined by guitar, bass and horns.
The family-friendly concert is produced in conjunction with Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington, and with support from the City of Cannon Beach’s Community Grant.
Cannon Beach’s downtown city park is located northeast of Second and Spruce streets, behind the tennis courts and Chamber of Commerce. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.
For more information, visit tolovanaartscolony.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 541-215-4445.