Abass was born in Nsawam (southern Ghana) into a legendary, internationally acclaimed family of drummers, dancers and healers. Before his sixth birthday he was
inspired to play the drum by his grandmother “Abiba Okailey Ablah” who taught him drumming by singing traditional rhythms. The family of Royal master Ghanaian Drummers was not only steeped in the
traditions of Ghanaian music and dance, but also in the folklore of traditional medicines. In his family Abass was mentored by, and under the instruction of his maternal uncle, Mustapha Tettey
Addy; Master drummer, anthropologist and researcher in the field of traditional music and dance in Ghana.
Apart from running numerous workshops and master classes Abass has been worked with the legendary CREAM drummer Ginger Baker, for 10 years. Touring legendary Jazz venues and festivals around the globe, together Baker and Dodoo collaborate to perform and produce clinics and workshops. Additionally, Abass recorded an album in 2014, Titled; “WHY”. And then In 2015 he was invited to
play on Van Morrison’s new album, titled, DUETS.
Abass has been involved in many innovative performances, recordings, TV
appearances and educational projects, and in 2012 he performed for a season in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Julius Caesar.
Abass runs educational workshops inviting people of all ages and abilities to participate in, and contribute to complex and dynamic Ghanaian music and dance, through residencies, workshops, lectures and demonstrations.
Abass currently lives in the UK and works full time as a musician, providing
authentic African music, as well as Jazz rhythms and improvisation.
Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion is the powerhouse African Jazz Fusion quartet that bring that album to life. Featuring the remarkable talents of saxophonist and
composer Pee Wee Ellis (James Brown, Van Morrison), bassist and composer Alec Dankworth (Dave Brubeck, John Dankworth) and vibrant Ghanaian percussionist Abass Dodoo, this is music to both
challenge and move you.
Abass Dodoo currently working with Sharon Shannon recorded an album which release March 2017. Tour dates and more info will follow soon
Abass Dodoo had an opportunity to work with Van Morrison, recorded an album Duets: Re-working the Catalogue is the 35th studio album. It was released on 13 March 2015 on RCA Records.
Abass Dodoo, Mustapha Tettey Addy, and The Ghanaian Royal Obonu Drummers have recorded many albums and performed extensively in Africa and Europe.
Abass Dodoo performed at The Queen's Golden Jubilee birthday party and was given a certificate from the Queen to say thank you.
Abass Dodoo and Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair
Abass and Mr and Mrs Kofi Annan who is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006.
Abass and Richard Branson the founder of the Virgin Company
Abass and Peter Gabriel who is an English singer-songwriter, record producer and humanitarian who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis
Youssou N' Dour is a Senegalese singer, songwriter, composer, occasional actor, businessman and politician. In 2004, Rolling Stone described him as, "perhaps the most famous singer alive" in
Senegal and much of Africa.
Abass and Angelique Kidjo, from Benin Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos.
Abass and Zildjian family
Abass and Salif Keïta is an afro-pop singer-songwriter from Mali. He is known as the Golden Voice of Africa
Abass Dodoo featured in 'Stick n Skins' book which was published in 2010 Discover the heartbeat of music in this 560 page full color coffee table book. Sticks 'n' Skins is dedicated to late
drumming photographer Lissa Wales and opens with a tribute to her work.